WARREN, R.I. (WPRI) — A man accused of killing his roommate at a nursing home in Warren will be in state care for the time being after he was deemed incompetent to stand trial.
Robert Hill, 76, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 81-year-old John Sullivan late last month at Crestwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
At a hearing Monday in district court, the judge accepted a report from the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) saying that Hill is not competent enough to go on trial at this time. He was committed to BHDDH custody and “placed on inpatient status as his unsupervised presence in the community poses a risk of harm to himself and others at this time,” according to the court order.
A follow-up hearing has been scheduled for August.
The nursing home’s director declined to comment since the investigation remains active.
Sullivan’s obituary says he leaves behind brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. He was born in Providence and previously lived in East Providence. An avid outdoorsman, he was a founding member of the Ocean State Bird Club and worked as a salesman and an insurance adjuster.
A funeral Mass for Sullivan will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, at St. Margaret Church in Rumford.