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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Callaway couple was found guilty last week in Franklin County Circuit Court of abusing an incapacitated adult.
Howard Jordan Jr., 39, and his wife, Rose Marie Jordan, 38, both face up to 10 years in prison.
The condition of Rose Marie Jordan's father, William Wayne Michau, 66, came to light when the couple brought Michau to the emergency room at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital on Sept. 26, 2013.
Emergency room personnel testified in the day-long trial that Michau was found to have a large open bed sore on his lower back, one on his hip and sores on his genitals. He also suffered from dehydration and malnutrition.
Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen said that Michau required food and medication through a feeding tube about every four hours.
Testimony in the case showed that the Jordans had been Michau's caretaker since 2002 after he was partially paralyzed in a car crash in South Carolina. The couple moved to Franklin County in 2003 and continued as caretakers for Michau.
Both Jordans testified that problems with transportation, Howard Jordan's work schedule and a repeatedly leaking feeding tube were contributing factors in Michau's condition.
Rose Jordan testified that a bed sore on Michau's back had grown over about a week to 10 days. She said she tried to treat it with over-the-counter medications.
However, an ER doctor and a physician's assistant, who treated Michau after he was brought to the hospital, said considering the size of the bedsore, it would have taken weeks to grow that large.
Defense attorneys, William Drew Davis and Tony Anderson, argued that there was no willful neglect. The couple simply did not have the means to care for Michau's growing issues, they said.
Allen stated that it wasn't what the Jordans did, it was what they didn't do. "They failed to act."
In finding the Jordans guilty of abuse, Circuit Court Judge Stacey Moreau cited the testimony by ER personnel that it would have taken over two weeks for the bed sore infection on the victim's lower back to have reached that level of damage. She said that the Jordans knew the over-the-counter medications weren't working, but they still didn't do anything.
Moreau also noted that the feeding tube had been leaking since July and that Rose Jordan had acknowledged that Michau was losing weight and knew he was not getting enough food.
The sentencing hearing is set for June 5 at 3 p.m. in circuit court.
Allen said Michau is now in a nursing home and is doing well.