Randolph: Arraignment Postponed for Man Charged in Nursing Home Death

An arraignment has been postponed for a man accused of bludgeoning his roommate at a Randolph nursing home.

The Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office says that 58-year-old Walter Rice, Jr., was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after he allegedly attacked 86-year-old James Schappell at the Care One nursing facility on the morning of Sept. 5.

Schappell succumbed to his injuries the next day.

Rice was evaluated by the court clinician before he was transported to Bridgewater State Hospital for further competency evaluation.

The DA’s office says Bridgewater State Hospital successfully requested more time from the Quincy District Court to continue its evaluation of Rice.

As a result the arraignment which was scheduled for Thursday will now take place at 9 a.m. on October 13.


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Dan McCready is a South Shore native who’s happy to be back working in his home region. After graduating from Catholic Memorial High School, GO KNIGHTS! Dan attended Suffolk University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Communications. After college Dan worked as a standup comic and actor appearing in several theatrical productions, independent films, and worked as a background extra in films and TV shows including Fever Pitch, Underdog, and Brotherhood while also working as a weekend overnight DJ on Easy 99.1. Eventually Dan began covering the Boston entertainment scene for Production Live Online and, after being bit by the journalism bug, decided to further his studies at Northeastern University, where he earned his master's degree. Since that time Dan has worked across many media platforms for organizations including the Patriot Ledger, Cape Cod Broadcasting, and 1420 WBSM in New Bedford. Dan is currently residing in Milton and enjoys hanging out with friends, candlepin bowling, playing video games, and making videos for his fledgling YouTube Channel.