Former Employee at Big Spring State Veteran's Home Found Not Guilty

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

A former worker at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez State Veterans home was on trial in Big Spring on Tuesday accused of abusing the elderly. It took jurors less than 30 minutes to return a not guilty verdict for Bryson Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt is a former worker at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez State Veterans Home. He was accused of abusing elderly Alzheimer's patients back in November of 2007. On Tuesday, jurors heard from the Administrator of the home, one of the sons of the alleged victim and former coworkers. One of the things that helped Vanderbilt's case was the conflicting statements of one of the witnesses. Ultimately, both the defense and the District Attorney said it was a hard case to work.

"I feel justice was served. The jury deliberated, they took a very close look at the case and returned their verdict," Defense Attorney Wayne Frost, said.

"Well obviously, we are disappointed. We came in here, we put on our case and we worked very hard through out the day to get our point across. I think that we made some points but ultimately you can't overcome certain things while we believe Mr. Harris was hurt, the jury did not believe that perhaps that was the level of injury that they wanted in order to sustain a verdict," District Attorney, Hardy Wilkerson, said.

Connie Mae Johnson is also accused of abuse and is expected to go to trial in the coming weeks.