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Settlement in death at SC assisted living home

ROCK HILL (AP) — A settlement of $1.5 million has been reached in the case of a Rock Hill assisted-living resident who was smothered to death by an employee in 2011.

Pauline Cook, 82, was found dead in her room at Park Pointe Village, The Herald of Rock Hill reported.

Court records show the settlement of the 2012 wrongful death lawsuit was filed with court officials last week.

Michael Smith with Park Pointe Village confirmed the settlement but would not talk about it.

“Park Pointe has always taken significant security measures within the community,” said Smith.

Braquette Walton was found guilty of murder in November 2012 and was sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors say Cook had discovered that Walton was stealing and cashing Cook’s checks and had reported the situation to police.

Walton had been suspended from work the day before Cook was killed. She used an electronic key card to access the community. The complaint alleges Park Pointe Village failed to adequately protect Cook.

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