Roommate questioned in nursing home death

MIAMI (AP) _ Detectives have questioned the roommate of a 73-year-old man who was beaten to death at a South Florida nursing home.

El Nuevo Herald ( ) reports employees at South Dade Nursing and Rehabilitation Center called police Wednesday after finding bed-ridden Robert Verser dead.

Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta says Verser’s body showed signs of injury that weren’t consistent with a fall.

At that point, they spoke to Verser’s roommate and found he had injuries on his hands.

Police say 41-year-old Michael Poole told them he had punched his roommate.

He was taken into custody and was being interrogated Wednesday night.

The newspaper reports Poole was convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge in 2008 and misdemeanor battery and assault charges in 2006.