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Third employee arrested in Brownfield nursing home death

Edna Faye Stowe (provided by Terry County Sheriff's Department) Edna Faye Stowe (provided by Terry County Sheriff's Department)
BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) -

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of an elderly Brownfield nursing home patient.

Terry County Sheriff Larry Gilbreath says Edna Stowe, 56, was indicted on two counts, the first was injury to the elderly, and the second was injury to the elderly with a deadly weapon.
Gilbreath says both counts fell under the same indictment. Stowe surrendered to authorities in Terry County Monday morning and has since posted bail.

Stowe joins Maria Briones and Jon Jay Kirksey as the other suspects arrested for the case. Gilbreath also confirmed Kirksey was indicted for two counts, also injury to the elderly, and injury to the elderly with a deadly weapon.

According to Gilbreath, Briones only faces a charge of injury to the elderly.

Due to the ongoing investigation, officials could not elaborate on why the other two suspects were charged with injury to the elderly with a deadly weapon.

Willie Byers, 71, died in February when he was found dead from hypothermia outside the Tumbleweed Nursing Home.

Investigators say surveillance video from the facility showed Byers walking outside unattended in frigid temperatures. He was found several hours later.

The Texas Attorney General's office launched an investigation into claims of neglect at the facility. Agents from their office arrested Kirksey and Briones last week.

Last week, Byers' nephew told KCBD that Stowe, Kirksey, and Briones all worked for the nursing home and that Kirksey and Stowe resigned shortly after the incident.

The facility has been renamed Apex Secure Care. An administrator told us Thursday that Briones was still employed by the facility.

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