The jury convicted a former nurse of murdering an elderly patient.
RaDonda Vaught38 years old, gave Charlene Murphey75, wrong medication in 2017 incident, the defense argued that this was an honest mistake, and that systematic errors contributed to the death, according to NPR. She was considered a “scapegoat”, the lawyer said Peter Strianse. But a hospital safety officer at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, testified that the technical problems were rectified weeks before Murphey’s death.
Prosecutors allege Vaught ignored warning signs when giving Murphey a paralytic instead of a sedative for comfort.
“The unchanging fact of this case is that Charlene Murphey died because RaDonda Vaught couldn’t mind what she was doing,” Assistant District Attorney Davidson Davidson Chad Jackson speak.
Juries found Vaught of abusing an impaired adult as charged, but chose the lesser charge of criminal negligent homicide rather than the original reckless homicide charge, according to the jury. WDAF.
Sentencing is set for May 13.
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The American Nurses Association, which articulates a shared view among Vaught’s advocates, reportedly argued that the trial could have “a chilling effect on reporting and improving procedures.”
The Davidson County District Attorney’s Office rejected that view, saying that many jurors work in health care and they determined that Vaught’s actions had crossed the line.
Prosecutors said Saturday, according to WSMV. “This case has always been about Radonda Vaught’s oblivion that caused Charlene Murphey’s death. This is not an ‘individual’ or ‘temporary’ mistake. “
Speaking before the ruling, Vaught said she welcomed the closure of the case.
“I’m so glad we got to this point, it’s been four and a half years,” she said WKRN. “Regardless of the jury’s verdict, I’m just glad I don’t have to – the brunt of whatever’s going to happen to the justice system and I think Mrs Murphey’s family deserves to be shut down. and can continue from this too, so we’ll just see what they have to say. “
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