Judge orders new trial in elder abuse case



NAMPA, Idaho (AP) _ A judge has ordered a new trial in the case
of a 55-year-old man charged with criminally neglecting his
bedridden mother.

After a jury could not reach a verdict against Danny Nicks on
Tuesday, 3rd District Judge Susan Wiebe declared a mistrial and set
a new trial for July 20, The Idaho Statesman reported.

Nicks' twin brother, David, was convicted of felony neglect of a
vulnerable adult and is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

Prosecutors say the brothers neglected their 92-year-old mother,
Verda Nicks, who was found last November in a urine and feces
soaked bed with severe bedsores.

Deputy Public Defender Scott James argued that David, not Danny,
was their mother's caregiver. He also argued Verda Nicks was lucid
and living the way she wanted to live, whether or not others found
those conditions disgusting.

Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com

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