'Killer Nurse' Genene Jones pleads not guilty to 5 murder charges

Jones accused in killings of five infants

By David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor , Dillon Collier - Investigative Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - Genene Jones, the so-called "Killer Nurse," pleaded not guilty Thursday to five murder charges involving children.

Jones, 67, made her first court appearance in a Bexar County courtroom since she was charged.

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She was extradited Monday from a women's prison outside Waco, just months before she was scheduled to be released due to mandatory sentencing guidelines in place at the time of her conviction.

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Jones has been implicated in the deaths of as many as 60 babies while working as a pediatric nurse in San Antonio and the surrounding area in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Cornelius Cox, Jones' defense attorney, said talks of a possible plea deal are premature.

"People are innocent until proven guilty. She has a right to a trial, a fair trial, just as much as anyone else," Cox said after Jones' arraignment.

Jones arrived at the justice center around 7:50 a.m. and was placed in a wheelchair then moved to a court holding facility.

A Bexar County Sheriff's Office official called the wheelchair "precautionary" and said the walker Jones was seen using earlier this week would have made moving her more difficult.

Jones also wore a surgical mask, though BCSO officials and Cox declined to say why.

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