Caretaker indicted for murder of woman found dead in hospital bed, DA says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A caretaker at a non-licensed home for elderly and vulnerable adults has been indicted on first-degree murder and other charges after a woman was found dead in her metal-frame hospital bed, according to a release from the Shelby County District Attorney.

Anthony Freeman, 53, also was indicted on counts of aggravated abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult and tampering with evidence.

He is being held on $150,000 bond, according to the release.

On June 19, 2020, police were called to the residence in the 900 block of Hunters Point in Cordova, where they found a 59-year-old woman dead with blunt force injuries and cuts on her body.

Officers found a video-recording system that showed in the hours before her death, the victim fell out of bed and then for more than two hours was beaten with a board by Freeman, the release said.

She was left on the floor while Freeman sat in a nearby chair. He eventually got her back into the bed and was shown on the video cleaning up the area where he had beaten her.

Freeman is due back in court June 30, records show.

The case is being handled by Chief Prosecutor Eric Christensen and Asst. Dist. Atty. Devon Dennis of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases involving rape, child sexual abuse, severe physical abuse of child victims, elder abuse, and abuse of vulnerable adults.