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Date set for hearing into Alzheimer's case

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A hearing date has been set for Jan. 11 to determine who can participate at an inquest into the 2011 death of Frank Alexander, 87, of Winnipeg.

A judge will decide who can question and call witnesses by having standing at the inquest.

On March 24, 2011, Alexander was found on the floor at Parkview Place in Winnipeg bleeding from his ear.

Nursing staff at Parkview Place attended to him until an ambulance took him to Health Sciences Centre.

Alexander was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and was moved to Riverview Health Centre, where he died on March 28, 2011.

An investigation determined Alexander's death was a homicide, the result of blunt head trauma.

A police investigation determined another resident, who had Alzheimer's disease, had pushed Alexander, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head.

Joseph McLeod, 70, an Alzheimer's patient, was charged with manslaughter. However, he was found unfit to stand trial.

Under the Fatality Inquiries Act, an inquest was called to explore the circumstances and events leading to the death to determine what, if anything, could be done to help prevent similar deaths.

Dates for the inquest will be set following the hearing.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 4, 2013 A9

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