Robert Wayne Fleming

PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)— A patient was beaten to death by another patient Tuesday morning at the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Police said the victim, identified as 83-year-old Donald Fay Prather, was playing his radio when the patient next door to him, 58-year-old Robert Wayne Fleming, became upset with the noise.

The two got into a confrontation in the hallway, where Fleming hit Prather multiple times-- even after his head hit the floor, police said.

Prather was taken to Maricopa Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Fleming was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail. He is facing a second-degree murder charge.

The Arizona Department of Health Services released the following statement Tuesday night:

"The Arizona Department of Health Services notified the Phoenix Police Department about an incident involving two individuals at the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center (ACPTC) and is cooperating with authorities as they conduct the criminal investigation. The ACPTC provides treatment and housing for individuals who have committed a sexually violent offense, completed their mandatory sentence with the Arizona Department of Corrections, and are deemed unsafe to return to the community based on their status as a sexually violent person with a high likelihood to reoffend. These individuals are court ordered to our facility through a petition process by the county prosecutor."


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(8) comments


The killer is obviously deranged. Arresting him will do no good. Put him out of his misery and get him off the dole that is our State system.


Arizona is definitely failing on us big time

I'm being living Phoenix since 2005

and I never hear so many shooting

and crazy people news


I have been here for 30 years and it was not that bad until the illegals were allowed to pour over the borders in such hordes and potheads getting their poison legalized. It seems to be getting worse daily.


Moron. These guy weren't "illegals" but that doesn't stop you from bringing a totally unrelated subject into the fray.


Exactly my thoughts.


THe perp was a white guy. What are you flapping your lips about?


first of all the "potheads" getting their poison legalized probably saved A LOT of lives from Opiates. secondly, all those people want to do is chill at home, smoke, and eat food... nothing terrible going on there... if you are referencing the illegals who smoke and do whatever that is one thing, but don't lump us all into a category based on your bias opinion


Phoenix was way worse in the 90's.

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