Man upset over bills accused of trying to suffocate roommate

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A man upset over utility bills has been indicted on charges in connection with allegedly trying to suffocate his 74-year-old roommate with plastic wrap.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 71-year-old Leo J. Miller was indicted this week on attempted murder, assault, unlawful use of a weapon and strangulation charges. He remained in Washington County Jail Thursday.

Miller is accused in a Feb. 4 attack on Charlotte Simons.

Court documents say Simons was on a recliner watching TV when Miller, upset over the amount of utility bills he had to pay, held a piece of cellophane wrap over her nose and mouth.

Documents say Simons played dead in hopes that he would stop and was able to use an emergency call button to summon responders. Documents say Miller also repeatedly punched Simons in the face.

She is expected to survive.

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