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Patterson murder trial resumes for the fourth week with testimony from Texas Ranger

Testimony resumed Monday in the trial of Monica Melissa Patterson — the former hospice administrator accused of killing an elderly man for money.

Testimony resumed Monday in the trial of Monica Melissa Patterson — the former hospice administrator accused of killing an elderly man for money.

Patterson, 50, of San Juan headed Comfort House, a nonprofit hospice in McAllen. Through the hospice, Patterson met Martin Knell, a wealthy World War II veteran.

Prosecutors allege Patterson befriended Knell, convinced Knell rewrite his will and killed him with help from an accomplice. Patterson is also accused of stealing money from the hospice.

Texas Ranger Robert Christopher Calloway testified Monday about a key part of the murder investigation: A July 5 meeting between Patterson and Knell's housekeeper.

Patterson met the housekeeper at a Whataburger in Mercedes. Unbeknownst to Patterson, the housekeeper had a recording device.

The Texas Rangers monitored the meeting from the parking lot.

State District Judge Noe Gonzalez will review the recordings and may make a decision Tuesday about whether or not the recordings will be played for the jury.

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