The Commonwealth of Virginia has charged three medical professionals with the murder of multiple patients at two of the state’s hospitals. The Virginia State Police announced on Wednesday that the accused individuals are a nurse practitioner, an assistant nurse manager, and an unlicensed medical assistant.
The trio is accused of administering fatal doses of insulin to patients at two of the state’s medical facilities between 2017 and 2018. The medical facilities in question are both located in the state’s western region and are operated by the same owner.
The Virginia State Police’s investigation into the deaths of multiple patients at the two hospitals began in March 2018. The inquiry involved a review of medical records and interviews with hospital staff.
The investigation found that the three people charged with murder had administered fatal doses of insulin to patients under their care. The Virginia State Police stated that the individuals had acted with “malicious intent” and that the deaths of the patients had resulted from the “criminal actions” of the accused.
The nurse practitioner and assistant nurse manager involved in the case have been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in addition to one count of attempted murder. The unlicensed medical assistant has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
The accused have been remanded into custody and are expected to appear in court later this month. If convicted, they face the possibility of life imprisonment.
The investigation into the deaths of the patients is ongoing and further charges may be filed in the future.