Former South Lake Tahoe resident George Aaron Carver Kills Another
Former South Lake Tahoe resident George Aaron Carver was going spend the rest of his life in a California state hospital, for a December 2006 incident in which Carver used a hammer to attack a Cool man. For that case Carver was to serve one year for the use of a deadly weapon, three years for infliction of great bodily injury and a life sentence for willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder.
In 2008, George Aaron Carver was accused of fatally stabbing a patient at Napa State Hospital. Napa County prosecutors charged George Aaron Carver, 40, in 2008 with murder after he stabbed Napa State Hospital patient David Wengell in the eye with a shank crafted from the handle of a hairbrush. The charge was subsequently reduced to manslaughter, according to published reports.
On Wednesday, San Bernardino County prosecutors charged Carver with one count of first-degree murder in the death of 65-year-old Kenneth Taylor, a patient at the Patton State hospital for 17 years, San Bernardino Police Sgt. Gary Robertson said.
Prosecutors allege that Carver used a shank in the attack on Taylor.
Hospital staff found the shank, also crafted from a hairbrush, in the room where the assault occurred at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, but Robertson said the weapon wasn’t what caused Taylor’s death.
“(Carver) said he used it in the attack, but it didn’t cause (Taylor’s) death,” Robertson said. “It was strictly blunt force trauma from (Carver’s) hands, elbow and feet.”
Carver, a patient at Patton for two years, told homicide investigators he killed Taylor because he “didn’t like him,” and that he had planned on killing two other patients at the hospital he didn’t like, Robertson said.
Taylor was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he died at 5:58 p.m. Saturday. Carver appeared in San Bernardino Superior Court Wednesday for arraignment, where he pleaded not guilty to the charge. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 16, according to online court records.