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Prosecutor: Patients terrified by nurse's actions

Prosecutor says patients terrified by Texas nurse accused of killing 5 with bleach injections By The Associated Press

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) ' A prosecutor is telling Texas jurors that a nurse accused of killing five kidney dialysis patients by injecting them with bleach caused her patients to fear for their lives.

Angelina County District Attorney Clyde Herrington presented his closing argument Thursday in the capital murder trial of Kimberly Clark Saenz (synz). Herrington says two patients were terrified after witnessing the former nurse inject bleach into the IV lines of two other patients.

Defense attorney Ryan Deaton told jurors that Saenz is innocent and is being scapegoated by the clinic's owner for faulty procedures at the clinic, including improper water purification.



Prosecutors say the 38-year-old Saenz caused five patients' deaths in April 2008 at the clinic in Lufkin, about 125 miles northeast of Houston. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.


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