I don't know what state of the US you are located in, but yes, a fact pattern like this could be a basis for an attempted murder charge. Every state has statutes of limitation which set a time limit for an arrest to be made and charges to be filed. After that a case couldn't be brought. In general, the more serious the charge, the longer the state would get to be able to prosecute. Here, the incident is only 6 months old, and as it's a felony charge would still be prosecutable in any state in the country.
If you tell me your state, I can tell you how long that a police investigation may pend. If the complainant reported the incident to the police and they didn't come after you right away, it is very likely that the complainant has credibility problems. If you are a home health care attendant and the police believed this man, the police would see you as a substantial risk to the community and I suspect you would have been arrested immediately.
I can't, of course, guarantee that they won't come after you. And it doesn't take much of anything at all to form the basis of an arrest. Police only need what they call "probable cause
" in order to take someone into custody and turn the matter over to the state for prosecution. Probable cause is just a good faith belief that a crime may have been committed and that you may have something to do with it. They need quite a bit more to get a conviction, but not to get the ball rolling.
I would not expect them to just turn up at your door at this point and arrest you. If you are a suspect, they will likely reach out to contact you and ask you to come in to help them with their investigation. Do not even talk to them about the case. Find a reason to get off of the phone immediately and then retain a lawyer. Do what he tells you. He will probably either say not to go speak to them at all or he will call them on your behalf and if he thinks it's in your interest to talk to the police, he will show up with you.
Meanwhile, stop talking to anyone else about this case, including his friends. If you are indeed a suspect and if there's an ongoing investigation, anything you say can be reported and twisted. Particularly if you stand to inherit under his will, this issue may raise its head again, compliments of jealous individuals who are challenging the estate. Silence is the best policy. Your lawyer, once you have one, will keep the facts you provide confidential and only reveal what would be necessary to assist you.
In the meantime, as difficult as it may be to just move on with your normal life, try to do it anyway. No point waiting for a shoe to drop, as it may never happen.
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