Murder Trial Opens for Nursing Aide Accused of Giving Fatal Dose of Insulin

The mystery of why an 83-year-old "glamorous" resident of a nursing home was found slumped over and uncouscious on March 23, 2009, is hoped to be resolved during the murder trial of the nursing assistant who is accused of her murder. Prosecutors say that the accused was the only nursing assistant working on the floor the night before the woman was found. They claim that she gave the resident a fatal dose of insulin and almost immediately began using the woman's debit card to withdraw cash.

The resident had previously had a stroke and had other health issues, but was not a diabetic. The aide is a diabetic who uses injectable insulin.

"The only reasonable medical conclusion for [the woman's] coma and death was that she received a large dose of insulin from outside her body -- like an injection," an assistant attorney general declared during opening arguments.

But the defense attorney told jurors that there is no strong evidence showing an injection or that any money was stolen. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.




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