Couple indicted in death of 44 year old vulnerable adult

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A Hixson man and his wife have been indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury related to the death of the man’s son.

John and Jacqueline Hoover were both indicted on charges of intentional and premeditated murder, and neglect of an elderly or vulnerable adult.

The two were arrested back in July, after John Hoover’s 44-year-old son died at the hospital.

Investigators say they found the son was showing physical signs of abuse due to malnutrition and neglect.

Hoover told police at the time his son had stopped eating in April, and had refused to eat anything in the week prior to his death.

Officials say the son had the mental capacity of a 5-year-old.

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