Texas Nurse Gets Life for 10 Drug Deaths


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Texas Nurse Gets Life for 10 Drug Deaths
khankrumthebulg
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khankrumthebulg
Texas Nurse Sentenced to Life After Pleading No Contest to Killing 10 Patients With Drugs

By ANGELA K. BROWN

SAN ANGELO, Texas Oct 5, 2006 (AP)— A former nurse was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for injecting 10 Texas hospital patients with lethal drug doses.

Vickie Dawn Jackson, 40, pleaded no contest to capital murder on Tuesday and was sentenced after a brief hearing before a judge.

Nearly two dozen deaths were reported at Nocona General Hospital in late 2000 and early 2001, a stretch of time when the hospital should only have seen five to 10 deaths under normal conditions.

“In general, they were the kind of patients who needed more care,” FBI Special Agent David Burns testified during the sentencing hearing. “I think that’s probably why. They’re verbose. They want this. They’re thirsty. It seemed to make her angry.”

Jackson’s attorney, Bruce Martin, said Jackson maintained she was innocent and pleaded no contest to avoid a trial so her daughter would not be called to testify against her. Martin also said Jackson felt it was important not to be convicted by a jury.

Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty, and Jackson would have been sentenced to life in prison if convicted by a jury.

The case was moved from Nocona, 90 miles northwest of Dallas, to this West Texas town because of publicity surrounding the deaths.

10-06-2006 07:43 AM

Re: Texas Nurse Gets Life for 10 Drug Deaths
minx12
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minx12

What is it with nurses and killing lately. I remeber a story a few years back about a male nurse who admitting to a great many “mercy” killings. I don’t think I have ever looked at nurses the same way since.

10-06-2006 12:00 PM

Re: Texas Nurse Gets Life for 10 Drug Deaths
Cassius
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Cassius
Happend in Germany too, the way i remember it she also talked of mercy killings. But reading of a nurse wanting to get rid of difficult guests, that just takes the cake.

10-06-2006 01:44 PM

Re: Texas Nurse Gets Life for 10 Drug Deaths
Halladay
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Halladay

no wonder i’ve been staying away from doctors and nurses for years.

10-06-2006 06:36 PM

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