'Killer Nurse' Genene Jones indicted in fifth child-death case

Jones charged with murder in death of 3-month-old Paul Villarreal

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SAN ANTONIO – Genene Jones, the so-called "Killer Nurse" has been indicted in a fifth child-death case.

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood announced the latest indictment against Jones during a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

Jones was indicted by a Bexar County jury on a murder charge for the Sept 24, 1981, death of 3-month-old Paul Villarreal.

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Jones faces a murder charge for the deaths in 1981 of 8-month-old Richard "Ricky" Nelson, 2-year-old Rosemary Vega and 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer. She was also indicted in the 1982 slaying of 4-month-old Patrick Zavala.

Jones is currently in prison for two child deaths in 1984. 

Chelsea McClellan was 15 months old in 1982 when her mother, Petti McClellan-Wiese, brought her to a local clinic in Kerrville. 

Jones gave the baby three shots, including one that had a drug that stopped Chelsea's heart.

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McClellan-Wiese was at Tuesday's news conference, and thanked LaHood and his investigators for their hard work.

"It has nothing to do with being able to accept what happened. It has nothing to do Kelsey. It has nothing to do with revenge. It has nothing to do with not being able to deal with, let go or live in the past. It has to do with what's right and what's wrong," she said.

"I got some justice for Chelsea. The babies here got nothing. Absolutely nothing. Forgotten. All the work that I've done, as Mr. Lahood said, would never, ever happen. And I was just ready to thrown in the towel. These are your kids, too. These are San Antonio babies. These families deserve the same kind of justice," she said.

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A Texas mandatory release parole law, which was put into effect in 1977, requires that Jones to released in March 2018, after serving about a third of her sentence. 

LaHood said the law was changed in 1987 but is not retroactive to Jones' convictions.

He has said he believes Jones should spend the rest of her life in prison.

"As I've said before, our focus is to hold Genene Jones accountable for as many children's deaths as the evidence will support. For that reason, this will continue to be an open investigation." 


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