Jury finds ex-Texas nurse guilty in bleach deaths

By Salon Staff

Published March 30, 2012 10:36PM (EDT)

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas nurse accused of killing five of her patients and injuring five others by injecting bleach into their kidney dialysis tubing has been found guilty of capital murder.

The verdict came Friday in the case against 38-year-old Kimberly Clark Saenz.

Saenz was fired in April 2008 after a rash of illnesses and deaths at a Lufkin dialysis clinic run by Denver-based health care giant DaVita Inc. She was charged a year later.

Defense lawyers argued that Saenz was being targeted by the clinic's owner for faulty procedures at the facility about 125 miles northeast of Houston. Her trial began March 5.

Saenz now faces life in prison or a death sentence as the case moves to the punishment phase.

Salon Staff

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