1 of 3 elderly men held captive in Texas home dies


File - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, authorities investigate a home in Houston, where police say four homeless men were found in deplorable conditions. The nonprofit operating out of the home had apparently been started with the best of intentions: to feed and shelter homeless individuals. But Regina’s Faith Ministries soon ran afoul of its philanthropic goals as it lost its nonprofit status, violated state licensing regulations and, according to authorities, ended up turning its shelter into a dungeon-like prison where three of the four men say they were held against their wills so their captor could cash their public assistance checks. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File) | Zoom

HOUSTON (AP) - One of three men found malnourished and held against their will in a dungeon-like garage of a Houston house has died.

A Houston police statement Tuesday says 79-year-old William Merle Greenawalt died Thursday. Two other former captives, 59-year-old Dean Cottingham and 64-year-old John Edward Padget, are out of the hospital and in the care of Adult Protective Services.

Walter Renard Jones was arrested at the scene July 19, when the men were found. The 31-year-old Houston man remains jailed on two counts of injury to the elderly with serious bodily injury. A message left with his attorney wasn't returned.

Police say the men told investigators they were forced to live in the garage so their captor could cash their assistance checks.


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