Nurse kills 7 elderly veterans with an insulin injection

Court documents show the nurse confessed to killing 7 elderly veterans and attempting to kill the eighth in a West Virginia hospital.

Forty-year-old Rita Mays pleaded guilty to seven counts of second-degree murder and one assault with the intent to commit murder, according to documents filed with West Virginia Federal Court. Mace worked as a night shift sister at the medical surgical department of the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Center in Clarksburg.

The documents say that from July 2017 to June 2018 she administered doses of insulin to patients who either did not have diabetes or did not need it. The documents say that they have lowered blood sugar, which led to severe hypoglycemia, and this caused the death of people who were from 81 to 96 years old. The eighth patient of 88 years, fortunately, recovered after the administration of the drug.

West Virginia attorney William Powell said it’s unclear why Mays killed patients. “She denied this for a long time until she realized the seriousness of the case,” he said.