Lawrence homicide suspect says victim begged to die

LAWRENCE – Court records say a Lawrence health care attendant who is charged in the killing of man with cerebral palsy told authorities the victim wanted to die.

Ronald Eugene Heskett, 48, of Eudora, is charged with first-degree murder in the asphyxiation death of Vance Moulton. The 65-year-old Moulton had a towel around his head when he was found dead in September.

The newly released affidavit says Heskett told investigators that Moulton repeatedly begged to be killed. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Heskett said he gave in after Moulton said “he just wanted to walk with his mother again.”

Heskett says he twisted a towel around Moulton’s neck and told him to lay on it.

Defense attorney Mike Warner said he didn’t want to comment until he finished reviewing the police investigation.