Former Texas hospital nurse accused of harming patients indicted on capital murder

A former nurse at Tyler, Texas-based Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital and Christus Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler accused of injuring patients, some fatally, was indicted on capital murder and three more aggravated assault charges, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reports.

William George Davis faces three additional charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of capital murder, according to judicial records.

Mr. Davis, a former nurse at the two Tyler hospitals, was arrested in April and charged with murder linked to the August death of patient who was recovering from a heart procedure at the hospital.

Officials said they believe Mr. Davis intentionally injected air into arterial lines of patients recovering from heart surgery, making them have strokelike symptoms. Hospital officials initially told police about seven unexplained/suspicious incidents involving the nurse.

Mr. Davis was terminated from Christus Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler Feb. 15, about a week after hospital officials told police their concerns. The incidents in the arrest warrant affidavit all happened at Christus Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler.

The hospital is working with the Tyler Police Department to review patient files since the start of Mr. Davis' employment.

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