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Woman charged in roommate's death at Louisburg assisted living center

Posted December 29, 2015
Updated December 30, 2015

— A woman was arrested Tuesday in the stabbing death of her roommate at an assisted living facility in Louisburg, authorities said.

Franklin County deputies responded to a reported stabbing at The Jordan, at 90 E. F. Cottrell Road, shortly before 3 a.m. and found Elouise Collier, 88, dead.

Patricia Marrow, 57, was charged with first-degree murder and was taken to the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, in Raleigh, where she was being held without bond.

In a 911 call, an upset employee at the The Jordan said that Collier was lying on the floor in a pool of blood after Marrow stabbed her with some type of blade. The caller said that the two women remained in the room together while he called for help from a phone at the front desk of the facility.

Initially, the caller said that Collier was moving, but when he returned to check on her again she was not.

A few minutes into the call, the man says that Marrow was walking down the hallway towards him and sat down when he asked her too. She no longer had a weapon.

Curtis Hazelwood lives nearby the facility and said he thought it was a nice addition to the community.

"I think it is an asset to the community," he said. "I think it is a tragedy because I haven't heard anything bad at all. All the residents have been great."

No other details were released.

The Jordan, run by Carolyn Newell, has received a four-star rating – the state's highest – from the Department of Health and Human Services for the past six years. No deficiencies in patient care or oversight were noted in recent inspections, only building repairs that were needed.


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  • Jacob Smith Dec 30, 2015
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    I've got news for ya - some people have ALWAYS been that way - it is just hyped up by the media now.

    That is the only difference from the "old days".

    I would imagine that actually per-capita murder/violent crime is less now than most of history.

  • Marcia Maloney Dec 30, 2015
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    Im wondering where she obtained a weapon from? was it a butter knife? People are just so terrible these days - having so much hatred and killing in their blood.

  • Carolyn Buck Dec 30, 2015
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    Well one thing they don't have no one in their life to look up to, all needs to turn to Jesus, they ddon't look at where are they going to spend Eternity at. Its going to be in HEAVEN or hell where the fire NEVER goes out. Read the Book of REVELATION

  • Roscoe P Coltrane Dec 30, 2015
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    Yes, the comment by Justin hinted that race was a factor. The words "these people" and "tribal instincts" can be taken no other way. That said, I don't disagree with justin. A request to change room assignments, would be the civilized way to rectify the problem. The uncivilized way, is the path that was chosen. Now to have Ms. Marrow sentenced to prison for the rest of her life.

  • Janni Cone Dec 30, 2015
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    If someone is in assisted living they have some limiting - and it's quite possible that she had dementia or some other issue - and sadly - sometimes violence and lack of control is a part of that disease. This is a terrible tragedy brought on, likely by a DISEASE - not the color of someone's skin or "instincts". I believe that there was an article in the N&O that dealt with this similarly with 2 older white men. Terrible tragedy for all involved - including the care workers.

  • Robin Cubbon Dec 30, 2015
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    christie is right. she is referring to justin case's comment about 'these' people and tribal instincts. i too am sick of it. i am white but i know what he is referring to.

  • Justin Case Dec 29, 2015
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    What is wrong with these people? are they not capable of settling problems or disputes without resorting to violence?
    Has to be tribal instincts.