A former respiratory therapist is currently wanted by law enforcement for a death believed to be related to her work.
Jennifer Hall41, is accused of murdering at least one of her former patients at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, Missouri, where she worked from December 2001 to May 2002.
Probable cause documents in case received from Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB Note an atypical number of heart failure incidents that occurred during more or less six months of her employment in the hospital. Hall was eventually placed on administrative leave and never returned to work there.
“Because of Hall’s unique closeness to affected patients, her access to drugs that kill if misused, and her discovery and method of notifying staff of each patient’s cardiac emergency, nursing staff believed Hall was responsible for the patients’ deaths ‘ said the Chillicothe police officer Brian Smith wrote in the probable cause affidavit, a copy of which was also obtained Public Radio St. Louis.
According to police and hospital reports, the facility has had an average of one Code Blue incident every six months in the past. However, Hall’s tenure coincided with a surge to 18 such incidents in the same period, authorities have claimed.
In addition, the hospital told investigators that the defendant was the closest person to each of those 18 patients. In the end, exactly half of the people who were said to have suffered a cardiac collapse under Hall’s supervision died, nine in all, despite efforts to revive them.
The last drop for the hospital came with the death of an elderly pneumonia patient Far Franco.
Court documents claim that Franco was found dead by both Hall and another hospital worker.
The circumstances of this discovery were strange, the other employee told law enforcement, because they had never been accompanied by a respiratory therapist when entering a patient’s room before this incident. The other employee then performed life-saving procedures on Franco, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
Hall was placed on leave from the hospital on May 21, 2002, in direct response to Franco’s death. Officials there said her Code Blue numbers went back to the mean after she stopped working.
On May 22, 2002, the Livingston County coroner requested a search warrant for Franco’s remains.
An autopsy showed that morphine and succinylcholine, a drug used to temporarily paralyze the respiratory muscles for general anesthesia, were present in Franco’s system on the day of her death. As it turned out, none of these drugs were prescribed to the victim, nor were they prescribed by their doctors for any specific procedure.
“We have a new police chief, Jon Mapleand we brought in a new prosecutor Adam Warrenand I went to both of them early on their new appointments and gave them all my information and discussed it with them,” Livingston County Coroner Scott Lindley called. “And after a while, they got to the bottom of the case.”
Medical serial killer experts recently reviewed these findings and attributed Franco’s death to murder by succinylcholine poisoning. According to court records reviewed by Law&Crime, prosecutors filed charges against Hall on May 4, 2022.
Hall has previously denied responsibility for the deaths at Hedrick Medical Center.
“Never,” she said That Kansas City Star in 2015. “No, never.”
“My name just gets thrown out there, and for terrible reasons,” Hall said.
As that article ran, the outlet mused that Hall might just be “extraordinarily bewitched.” [and] a double victim of false accusations.”
In 2001, she was convicted of setting fire to another hospital. She served a year in prison before her conviction was appealed for suffering from ineffective legal assistance. She was tried a second time on these charges and acquitted.
In 2019The Missouri Supreme Court unanimously dismissed a civil lawsuit brought against the defendant by the families of the dead patients for filing their lawsuits well past the statute of limitations.
A lawyer who had previously represented the accused criticized the latest developments.
“To be honest, it is absolutely devastating for my client and her family and I to have a case that is baseless and based on conjecture and speculation.” Matthew O’Connor told the local NPR affiliate. “This is not attorney talk – there are no facts to back it up because Ms. Hall did not commit these acts.”
The identities of the 34 state witnesses who complained about the probable cause, according to the affidavit, have been concealed because they fear for the safety of their families because Hall is said to have “exceedingly good computer skills, is able to access the personal information of to find anyone, and is efficient at masking their online identity.”
O’Connor remains unconvinced.
“This case is based on the afterthought of people who were dealing with problems at their own hospital, and when they became aware of Ms. Hall’s previous wrongful conviction, they began to feed her pieces,” the attorney continued. “You’ve been trying to find evidence for years and it hasn’t even gotten to the level of a civil proceeding, which is a much lower standard. The Missouri Supreme Court dismissed this case on a civil basis.”
Livingston County authorities say they believe Hall is aware of the warrant out for her arrest. The sheriff’s office has listed her as one of the most wanted people in the Kansas City area. According to law enforcement, she may currently be using the surname “Semaboye.”
Authorities in Kansas are also looking for Hall.
The new case is filed under number 22LV-CR00251 in Livingston County, Missouri. The current online court record is sparse and does not list a defense attorney.
[image via Livingston County Sheriff’s Office]
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