A Bridgeport man is accused of abusing and killing his wife’s uncle, who was disabled.
Police arrested 39-year-old Brent Whiteman Friday. Whiteman is charged in the murder of his wife’s uncle Robert Jones. Whiteman’s wife, Tynisha Hall, was Jones’ caretaker. Hall was previously charged in the murder and is awaiting trial.
According to police, evidence revealed that both Whiteman and Hall routinely abused Jones until he died of the abuse in February 2017.
Investigators said they were called to Bridgeport Hospital’s emergency room on Feb. 8 to investigate a suspicious death.
Jones had been found dead at his niece’s Dover Street home and medics transported him to the hospital, according to a news release from police.
When detectives investigated at the home on Feb. 11, they found several indications and physical evidence that a crime had likely occurred there, police said.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner later determined that Jones died of blunt force trauma to the head, police said.
Whiteman was charged with murder, first-degree abuse of person, risk of injury to a child, and tampering with evidence. He is being held on a $1 million bond.