A praying 82-year-old COVID-19 patient was beaten to death by another patient with an oxygen tank, police say

The incident took place on December 17 at Antelope Valley Hospital (not pictured) in Lancaster, California. Getty
California police arrested a man accused of killing an 82-year-old patient who was being treated in a hospital for COVID-19 on December 17.
Jesse Martinez, 37, has been arrested and charged with murder, correcting hate crimes and mistreating the elderly, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said this week.
Detectives said Martinez got angry when the man started praying. They said Martinez, who shared the hospital room with the man, then attacked him with an oxygen tank.
The investigation is still ongoing, the department said.
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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Jesse Martinez, 37, this week hit an 82-year-old Hispanic who was treated for COVID-19 in the same room at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster on December 17.
Martinez has been charged with murder, enhancing hate crimes, and mistreating the elderly. He is expected to appear in court in Antelope Valley Monday.
Detectives said Martinez got angry when the man started praying and then attacked the man with an oxygen tank. The man was pronounced dead the next day.
The two men didn't know each other, said the department.
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that he was "shocked and saddened" at hearing of the man's death.
The investigation is still ongoing, the department said.
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