Former Texas nurse William Davis was indicted on a capital murder charge
A former Texas nurse already charged with murder following the suspicious death of a patient faces an additional charge of capital murder.
William George Davis was previously indicted in June for one murder and two aggravated assault charges. His charges were amended this week to include one capital murder charge and three aggravated assault counts.
Davis, who worked at Christus Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital in Tyler, is accused of tampering with the IVs of at least seven patients resulting in the death of at least one.
Authorities say Davis intentionally injected air into catheters inserted into the arteries of patients recovering from heart surgery. One patient, Christopher Greenaway, died. Two others, Pamela Henderson and Joseph Kalina, were left in vegetative states.
Davis, 34, was fired from Christus Mother Frances in February, weeks after hospital officials reported a number of suspicious deaths involving patients recovering from heart procedures.
He was arrested in April after police learned that Davis was the only employee consistently around each of the patients and surveillance video showed him entering and leaving their rooms moments before the patients experienced stroke-like symptoms.
Davis is accused of intentionally tampering with patients' IVs causing the death of at least one patient, Christopher Greenaway (pictured), and leaving at least two others in vegetative states
According to reports, Davis was not the assigned nurse for the patients.
The Tyler Morning Telegram reports that the first incident took place in June 2017 when a 61-year-old man experienced 'a profound and unexplainable incident resembling stroke-like symptoms'.
Less than a month later another patient, a 58-year-old man, suffered similar symptoms.
On August 2, Greenaway was admitted to the hospital and received a coronary artery bypass graft surgery, the outlet reports. Two days later as Greenaway was recovering, his assigned nurse asked Davis to keep an eye on him so he could take a break.
When the assigned nurse returned he heard the code sounding for Greenaway's room and rushed in to find his patient suffering from an unexplained neurological incident. Greenaway, a 47-year-old Army vet, was declared brain dead and died on August 6.
From October 2017 to January 2018, four other patients experience similar stroke-like symptoms after Davis visited their rooms. One patient, 64-year-old Pamela Henderson, was left with limited mobility and vision problems, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
A lawyer for patient Joseph Kalina said the 58-year-old is now quadriplegic, suffers from severe brain damage and is unable to talk. Kalina's wife told NEWS4 SA that it's been a 'nightmare' for her family.
Davis worked at Christus Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital in Tyler for five years before he was fired
Investigators believe Davis intentionally injected the patients catheters with air. He worked at the hospital for five years before he was fired.
Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham told the Tyler Morning Telegraph he could not comment on what led to the new charges of capital murder.
Davis remains at Smith County jail on $4million bond. His trial is now set to begin on December 3.
Christus Mother Frances released a statement on its website on Friday, stating: CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler continues to be grateful for the Grand Jury’s work and the efforts of the Tyler Police Department since we reported this issue on Jan. 28, 2018.
Working in concert with the Tyler Police Department, we are reviewing patient files since the beginning of Will Davis’s employment. However, due to a protective order put in place by Judge Christi Kennedy, we’re unable to speak to specifics of that review or our processes and referrals of cases to Tyler law enforcement for investigation.
We continue to be distressed by these serious allegations. However, our health care ministry remains rooted in our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. We will not allow this matter to take away from the exceptional holistic care provided to our patients and their families.'