SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A former nurse who prosecutors consider could possibly be chargeable for the deaths of as much as 60 Texas youngsters was indicted Tuesday on a homicide cost for the fifth time this yr.
Bexar County District Lawyer Nico LaHood stated a grand jury handed down the brand new homicide indictment towards Genene Jones within the 1981 dying of three-month-previous Paul Villarreal.
Jones, sixty seven, is serving concurrent ninety nine-yr and 60-yr sentences in state jail for the 1982 killing of 15-month-previous Chelsea McClellan and the sickening of four-week-previous Rolando Santos, who survived.
Jones had been scheduled to be free of jail in March underneath a compulsory launch regulation in place when she was convicted. However LaHood stated now she can be despatched to Bexar County Grownup Detention Middle sooner or later to await trial on the brand new homicide costs.
Earlier this yr, Jones was indicted on homicide costs within the 1982 dying of four-month-previous Patrick Zavala and the 1981 deaths of eight-month-previous Ricky Nelson, 2-yr-previous Rosemary Vega and eleven-month-previous Joshua Sawyer.
Her lawyer, Cornelius Cox, didn’t instantly return a message for remark Tuesday.
Throughout Jones’ time working at a San Antonio hospital and a clinic in Kerrville, northwest of San Antonio, youngsters died of unexplained seizures and different problems.
Prosecutors at Jones’ 1984 homicide trial stated the nurse lethally injected youngsters on the Kerrville clinic to exhibit the necessity for a pediatric intensive care unit at a close-by hospital. Different prosecutors theorized that her tactic was to take swift medical motion and save a few of her victims so she might look like a kind of miracle employee.
“These youngsters ought to have left the hospital wholesome, pleased and dwelling lengthy, productive lives,” LaHood stated.
Authorities need to maintain Jones “accountable for as many youngsters’s deaths because the proof will help,” LaHood stated, including that an lively investigation continues.
“We’re going to do our greatest to not depart any child, any sufferer behind,” he stated. “These infants must be accounted for — for his or her households, for themselves and for the precept of it, and to our group.”
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