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Senior Center Workers Charged In Death Of Resident

LOUISVILLE, KY - Four people who worked at a Louisville senior center are facing felony charges related to the death of an 86-year-old resident -- including allegedly covering up the incident by moving the woman from the scene and later lying to a Jefferson County grand jury.

Today's edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports Lois Schaefer Bright, a retired teacher with Jefferson County Public Schools, died on July 8, 2006, at Jewish Hospital, a few weeks after falling out of her wheelchair and hitting her head at Four Courts Senior Center, 2100 Millvale Road.

Jefferson County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Todd Lewis told the C-J that then-employee Rachael Bowerman was pushing Bright in a a wheelchair on June 25, 2006 when it tipped over and she hit her head in the parking lot. Lewis says a number of factors Bowerman was responsible for caused the mishap.

Bowerman is facing the most serious charges, second-degree manslaughter -- which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years -- and wanton abuse or neglect of an adult.

Gail McWhorter, Tonita Thompson and Shaconda Daniel are all accused of being involved in a plot to alter evidence and lying to a grand jury. McWhorter is charged with perjury, tampering with physical evidence and reckless abuse and neglect of an adult.

Thompson and Daniel are both charged with perjury and tampering with physical evidence, felonies carrying a possible prison sentence of up to five years.

All four women, who were indicted Thursday, are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Jefferson Circuit Court. They have not been arrested, reports the Courier-Journal.

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