Texas Nurse's Bleach Injection Deaths Trial Begins


Salon Staff
March 6, 2012 12:45AM (UTC)

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — A prosecutor says an East Texas nurse accused of killing five kidney dialysis patients by injecting them with toxic bleach violated the trust of a noble profession.

Angelina County District Attorney Clyde Herrington laid out the accusations Monday during opening statements in the trial of Kimberly Saenz (Sines). The 38-year-old nurse is charged with capital murder in the April 2008 deaths and aggravated assault in the case of five other patients injured at the DaVita Dialysis clinic in Lufkin.

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Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty if she's convicted.

Saenz stood at the defense table Monday holding her hands behind her back as a prosecutor read the six-count indictment against her.

Defense attorney Ryan Deaton responded, "Not guilty, your honor," as the judge asked for a plea after each count.


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