Fairbanks man pleads no contest to homicide

Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man pleaded no contest Tuesday to second-degree murder for the death of an elderly man in his care.

Eric Gorham, 55, had been charged with killing David Haynes, 74, last February.

Under the plea agreement, Gorham faces a maximum of 25 years in prison. He will be sentenced in October.

Gorham and his wife, Eugenie, were care givers for Haynes in his South Fairbanks apartment when he was found dead by police.

According to court documents, an autopsy performed on Haynes revealed that he died from ''multiple blunt force trauma,'' which included three broken ribs and multiple blows to the head with a blunt instrument.

Police said Haynes' home had been without running water for weeks, due to a broken water pipe and was heated with just an electric space heater.

Haynes was receiving payments from Social Security and from a government pension. Police are investigating how Haynes' money was spent.

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