(PatriotWise.com)- On Tuesday, a Texas nurse was convicted of capital murder after four patients died as a result of the nurse injecting them with air. The patients received the deadly injections following heart surgeries.
After deliberating for roughly an hour, the jury in the Smith County court found that nurse William George Davis of Hallsville was guilty of capital murder. Prosecutors are now planning on seeking the death penalty once he reaches the sentencing phase of the trial, which was expected to begin on Wednesday.
The 37-year-old nurse was accused of injecting air directly into the arteries of the patients after they underwent heart surgery in 2017 and 2018 at the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. Victims Ronald Clark, John Lafferty, Christopher Greenway, and Joseph Kalina experienced unexplained medical problems and neurological issues as they recovered from their surgery and soon died.
Dr. William Yarborough, a professor of internal medicine and a pulmonologist who works in the Dallas region, told the court that he was able to determine that the patients died as a result of an air pocket in the arterial system in the brains of the victims. The air pockets were revealed after doctors took scanned the bodies and could see the gap in the brain.
He explained how he had never seen it before in his entire medical career, which spans several decades.
Phillip Hayes, the defense attorney representing Davis, claimed that he was being used as a scapegoat for simply being present when the deaths occurred, but didn’t offer any substantive defense.
Chris Gatewood, prosecuting, said that Davis appeared to have “liked” killing people.