Adult Care Home Provider Accused of Homicide

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that 52-year-old Valer Catuna, an owner of Artemis Adult Care Home, has been indicted by a Grand Jury for charges of Second Degree Murder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse.

Catuna is accused of assaulting 53-year-old William Griswold, a patient of Artemis Adult Care Home, on the morning of October 21, 2020. Griswold later died in the evening of October 21, 2020. It is alleged that Griswold died as a result of the injuries he sustained during the reported assault by Catuna.

The Adult Care Home is located at 3426 West Angela Drive in Phoenix. The investigation, from which the aforementioned charges derive, was conducted by the Phoenix Police Department Homicide Bureau and the Special Agents from the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Section of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Copy of indictment here.

Below is the booking photograph of Catuna.

Photo of Catuna