PATIENT SUBPOENAED: Elderly Alzheimer’s Patient Forced To Testify In Grandson’s Case

A Polk City man has been subpoenaed to testify in a three year old shooting case in Webster County, even though his family and his doctor say he is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Kamesha Gully says she can’t understand why the Webster County Attorney’s Office would force her grandfather to testify, when she says he is easily confused and has a hard time remembering things. “He’s had visitors today that stopped by, he can’t even recall their names.” Gully says, “He’ll get kinda stuck on conversations, you know, repetitive. We’ll talk about the same thing over and over.”

Percy McElroy’s doctor diagnosed him with advanced Alzheimer’s Disease two years ago. He is supposed to testify at a deposition Friday regarding his grandson. Derrick McElroy is charged murder in the 2011 shooting of 19-year-old Brandyn Preston. Gully says she is considering facing charges, rather than removing her grandfather from his nursing home to testify.

“My heart is telling me not to take him. Because his memory is gone,” Gully says. “They are fully aware that he has Alzheimer’s and for them to move forward with this…it’s very cruel. It’s very cruel.”

The Assistant Webster County Attorney refused to comment on the case.

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