In A Killers Care: The story behind one of Texas most notorious alleged serial killers Genene Jones
SAN ANTONIO Convicted baby killer Genene Jones has been an infamous part of San Antonios history for decades. (Image of babies who died in Genene Jones' care.) (KSAT)The first baby Genene Jones was convicted of killing. Chelsea McClellan was 15 months old when her mother took her to Dr. Kathleen Hollands clinic in Kerrville in 1982. PART 5: Genene Jones re-indicted, the fight over her bible and voices in her headPART 6: Mothers of victims bond amid Genene Jones heinous acts
‘Killer Nurse’ investigation ‘one of the most challenging cases’ for prosecutor
SAN ANTONIO – The tragic case of the so-called Killer Nurse began with the conviction of Genene Jones in 1984 for the murder of a 15-month-old Kerrville baby. Babbitt took over the investigation that began two years earlier under Nicholas "Nico" LaHood, who was the district attorney at the time. ‘Killer Nurse’ Genene Jones pleads guilty, gets life in prisonPolitics and personalities aside, LaHood said the priorities have always been to get justice for the families of the babies. "Regardless of how we would've handled the case, in the end, the fact that she pled was a victory for the families," LaHood said. “This has been one of the most challenging cases,” Babbitt said.
Genene Jones’ Bible returned in accordance with plea agreement
SAN ANTONIO – As part of the plea agreement in the Genene Jones murder case, prosecutors promised to return Jones’ Bible, an address book and several other personal items. As the agreement was being reviewed by District Judge Frank Castro Thursday, the District Attorney’s Major Crimes Chief Catherine Babbitt told Castro that the state had made good on its promise to return the items. ‘Killer Nurse’ Genene Jones pleads guilty, gets life in prison“They’re in a box," Babbitt said. “There is some handwriting of Genene Jones in the Bible...some references to children and to sin,” Babbitt said last fall. ‘Killer Nurse’ Genene Jones deemed competent to stand trialIn November of 2019, Jones petitioned the court to have the Bible returned.
‘Killer Nurse’ Genene Jones pleads guilty, gets life in prison
SAN ANTONIO – BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:Convicted baby killer Genene Jones made a plea deal with prosecutors Thursday in connection with the death of a San Antonio baby and was sentenced to life in prison. But I truly believe that your ultimate judgement is in the next life.”Connie Weeks, the mother of Joshua Earl Sawyer, one of the babies killed by 'Killer Nurse' Genene Jones, delivers a victim impact statement in court. Rosemary Vega Cantu, the mother of Rosemary Vega, one of the babies believed to be killed by Genene Jones, delivers a victim's impact statement at Jones' hearing. I can’t believe you’re still asking for a Bible.”Melissa Luna (pictured, center), addressed "Killer Nurse" Genene Jones during a hearing where Jones pleaded guilty. I feel like a big burden has been lifted off of my shoulder, finding justice for our babies.”Kylie McClellan, the sister of Chelsea McClellan, who is believed to have been killed by "Killer Nurse" Genene Jones, addresses Jones during a hearing where Jones pleaded guilty.
Genene Jones Expected to Make Plea Deal in Deaths of 5 Babies at San Antonio Hospital
She's currently being held at the Bexar County jail.Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales told MySanAntonio.com he would have no comment until a plea deal is reached Thursday. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Child Killer Genene Jones Accepts Plea Deal for Life Sentence
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‘Killer Nurse’ expected to make deal in baby death case
SAN ANTONIO – So-called Killer Nurse Genene Jones is expected to make a deal with prosecutors in connection with the death of a San Antonio baby. Jones is scheduled to make a court appearance Thursday morning in the 399th state District Court. Judge denies ‘Killer Nurse’ request to have Bible returnedThe District Attorney's office said that the case is set for a plea, but would not discuss details of the deal. Jones was scheduled to stand trial Feb. 10 in the death of a baby who died under mysterious circumstances at area hospitals where she worked as a nurse in the 1980s. Defense lawyers for ‘Killer Nurse’ Genene Jones drop request for competency trialJones is being held in the Bexar County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail in each of the cases.
Mother dies before seeing infant son’s accused killer stand trial
Her mother, Juanita Villarreal, who was 64 years old, went out to dinner with family in early December and complained she wasn’t feeling well when she got home. Defense lawyers for ‘Killer Nurse’ Genene Jones drop request for competency trialLuna says her mother’s body shut down due to complications from pneumonia. Prosecutors agree and plan to take Genene Jones to trial in January. With two kids at home, Luna says her mother was told to go home for the night and that baby Paul was doing just fine. Judge denies ‘Killer Nurse’ request to have Bible returned“You’ve heard that saying ‘a mother knows?’ She knew,” Luna said.
Judge denies 'Killer Nurse' request to have Bible returned
SAN ANTONIO - In the lead-up to her trial, a judge decided Friday morning that Genene Jones' Bible will stay with prosecutors for now. The so-called "Killer Nurse" was seeking the return of her Bible, which was seized from her prison cell while she was serving a life sentence in the 1982 death of a Kerrville infant. Prosecutors say the Bible, filled with handwritten notes, could contain evidence. Defense lawyers for 'Killer Nurse' Genene Jones drop request for competency trial"The state has made no showing that it has any evidentiary value to them in their case,"he told reporters following the hearing. 'Killer Nurse' wants Bible returnedThough Judge Frank Castro denied the motion to have the Bible returned, he did order both sides not to show any potential evidence to the media.
'Killer Nurse' wants Bible returned
SAN ANTONIO - When nurse Genene Jones was in prison serving a life sentence for killing a Kerrville child in 1982, her Bible was seized during a sweep of her cell. Jones who now is in the Bexar County Jail awaiting trial in the deaths of five children who died under mysterious circumstances at area hospitals where she worked as a nurse in the 1980s wants the Bible returned. "Her Bible gives her some comfort, and we feel that the Bible should be returned," said Cornelius Cox, Jones' lawyer, following a hearing earlier this week. "There are some handwriting of Genene Jones in her Bible," Babbitt said. Babbitt said she understands the value of a Bible and is willing to provide Jones with a Bible.
Judge orders mental exam for 'Killer Nurse' Genene Jones
SAN ANTONIO - A judge on Wednesday granted a request for Genene Jones, known as the "Killer Nurse," to undergo a mental competency evaluation. "We think that we should be entitled to both a competency exam and sanity," Jones' attorney, Cornelius Cox, said to Magistrate Judge Andrew Carruthers, during a brief hearing. Jones was a nurse at a San Antonio hospital and the infant was a patient, when prosecutors said she injected the infant with a lethal drug dose. Judge orders mental evaluation for killer nurse Genene Jones. Prosecutors Jay Norton and Jason Goss didn't oppose Cox's request, and the judge ordered competency and sanity evaluations.