Suspect in theft from dying man to plead guilty

March 18, 2010 10:44:18 AM PDT
The attorney for a woman accused of helping to steal a wristwatch from a dying man in a hospital waiting room says his client will plead guilty. Twenty-one-year-old Jannira Walker is facing theft charges for allegedly stealing a watch off Joaquin Rivera as he sat motionless in the waiting room of a Philadelphia hospital in November.

Defense attorney Gary Mark Feldman says Walker will plead guilty to theft and be sentenced to probation.

Rivera died of a heart attack. He sat motionless in a chair for nearly an hour before hospital staff checked on him.

Another suspect, 41-year-old Martin Smith, has already pleaded guilty. A third suspect, 44-year-old Richard Alten, did not appear for a hearing Thursday. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.


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