MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - A paraplegic man died after being attacked by a woman in his friend's home, and not everyone agrees on how he died. The medical examiner said he died of natural causes while the family said that's not the case.
Family and friends of Robert Hepp, 51, are outraged after a medical examiner ruled his death to be of natural causes. Hepp was allegedly beaten so badly during a fight Dec. 5 that doctors told him his injuries were terminal; Hepp died at the Hospice Home Care Facility Sunday.
"There is some concern by the family (as to) why it would be ruled a natural death," said Sgt. Davis.
Michael Waldorf, Hepp's friend and owner of the home where the alleged attack occurred, spoke to THV 11 News about what transpired.
"He acts like it's his home, too, you know," said Michael Waldorf. He said he witnessed the woman-his house guest-kick Hepp in the ribs three times while the Hepp lay on the floor.
"'You're not a good mother. You shouldn't have kids.' She had her twins there," said Waldorf, recalling the remarks he overheard Hepp make to the woman before she allegedly knocked him out of his chair.
Sgt. Davis said Hepp was informed his injuries were terminal when a family member took him to Baptist Hospital a few days later.
The woman may face a first-degree battery charge.
Detectives will continue to investigate and turn the file over to the prosecutor to determine if there is evidence of the crime of battery to an individual who is defined as incompetent.