Nurse accused of intentionally shooting air into patients' catheters charged with capital murder

By AP, Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist

TYLER, Texas - Capital murder has been added to the charges against a former East Texas nurse accused of causing the deaths of hospital patients.

William George Davis was indicted this week on one capital murder and three aggravated assault counts after a June 21 indictment charged him with one murder and two aggravated assault counts.

Authorities say Davis intentionally injected air into catheters inserted into the arteries of at least seven patients at Christus Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Two patients died and two others were left in vegetative states.

The Tyler Morning Telegram put together a timeline of events Davis is suspected in with the first incident on June 22, 2017.

In the June 22, 2017 incident, a patient experienced unexplained stroke-like symptoms.

Davis was removed from patient care on Jan. 25 after Christus Mother Frances Hospital reported "an unusual and unexplained patient outcome in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit."

The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported Davis' employment was officially terminated by the hospital Feb. 20.

Christus Mother Frances Hospital released a statement Friday saying it was distressed by the allegations against one of its ex-nurses:

Tyler continues to be grateful for the Grand Jury’s work and the efforts of the Tyler Police Department since we reported this issue on Jan. 28, 2018.   

Working in concert with the Tyler Police Department, we are reviewing patient files since the beginning of Will Davis’s employment. However, due to a protective order put in place by Judge Christi Kennedy, we’re unable to speak to specifics of that review or our processes and referrals of cases to Tyler law enforcement for investigation.

We continue to be distressed by these serious allegations. However, our health care ministry remains rooted in our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. We will not allow this matter

Smith County jail records say the 34-year-old Davis remains jailed with bonds totaling $4 million. His attorney, A. Melvin Thompson of Tyler, declined to comment on the indictments.

Trial is now set to begin Dec. 3.

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