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Las Vegas SWAT commander accused of elder abuse found not guilty

Posted at 9:56 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 01:08:42-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas SWAT commander charged with elder abuse has been found not guilty by a jury.

Lieutenant James Thomas Melton was indicted in February for exploitation, theft and filing false documents.

Melton says he was a genuine friend of the elderly couple and he was following instructions from professional guardian April Parks.

Parks, the subject of a years-long Contact 13 Investigation into guardianship corruption, was found guilty of exploitation and theft in a separate case.

She is currently serving at least 16 years in prison.