'Killer Nurse' Genene Jones pleads not guilty to 5 murder charges
Jones accused in killings of five infants
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.
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.
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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