Wife charged in assault of elderly husband

Carol HigniteOct. 5 UPDATE – Investigators with the Lexington Police Department have amended charges against Carol Hignite, 69, following the death of her husband. She is now charged with Murder and Abuse/Neglect of an Adult.

The victim, identified by the Fayette County Coroner’s office as 76-year-old Leon Hignite, was assaulted September 25 and died as a result of his injuries Wednesday, October 4.


Previously released Sept. 29 - A Lexington woman has been arrested in connection with an Assault that occurred on Monday, September 25, 2017. Investigators with the Lexington Police Department today charged Carol Ann Hignite, 68, with Assault 1st. 

Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, September 28, officers were dispatched to the 900-block of Holly Springs Dr., reference a male subject who was unconscious and lying on the floor.  A 76-year-old male victim was found suffering from apparent injuries.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives arrested Mrs. Hignite, the victim’s wife, and charged her with Assault 1st.  Hignite is lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.