Nurse charged with murder of patient who died gasping for air as staff laughed

A grand jury indicted two nurses and one nursing home aide on numerous charges — including felony murder — relating to the 2014 death of a patient at a Georgia nursing home, according to WXIA.

The patient, 89-year-old James Dempsey, died at Northeast Atlanta (Ga.) Health and Rehabilitation in 2014. Footage obtained by WXIA last November showed nursing home staff laughing as the World War II veteran called for help numerous times, gasped for air and died.

The Brookhaven (Ga.) Police Department launched a criminal investigation into Mr. Dempsey's death after WXIA released the footage.

On Tuesday, grand jurors charged Loyce Pickquet Agyeman, a former licensed practical nurse, with felony murder and neglect to an elderly person. Former LPN Wanda Nuckles was charged with depriving an elderly person of essential services, and Mable Turman, a certified nurse assistant, was charged with neglect to an elderly person. Jurors also charged all three women with one count of concealing the death of another person.

The District Attorney's elder abuse and exploitation unit will prosecute the case. The court has not set a trial date yet.

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