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Chief of Police Jimmy Toler speaks during a press conference regarding William George Davis, a nurse connected to the death of a patient at Christus Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler and who is facing a murder charge, at the Tyler Police Department in Tyler, Texas, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Police arrested Davis on April 10. Christus Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler approached the Smith County District Attorney and the Tyler Police Department with concerns that a nurse may have been involved in intentionally causing harm to several patients at one of their hospitals after learning that patients were experiencing unexplained symptoms inconsistent with their treatment and recovery. A special criminal investigation team was formed to examine the case. (Chelsea Purgahn/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

ORIGINAL STORY: 

The East Texas nurse accused of injuring patients, some fatally, at a Tyler hospital faces additional charges including capital murder, according to Smith County judicial records.

The county's criminal case records database shows the Smith County grand jury handed up indictments on the new charges Tuesday.  

William George Davis, 34, faces three additional charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of capital murder, according to judicial records. 

Davis initially was indicted June 21 on a murder charge and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Davis, a former nurse at the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, was arrested in April and charged with murder related to the August death of Christopher Greenaway, 47, who was recovering from a heart procedure at the hospital.

Officials believe Davis intentionally injected air into arterial lines of patients recovering from heart surgery, causing them to have stroke-like symptoms. Hospital officials initially informed law enforcement of seven suspicious and/or unexplained incidents. 

Davis worked for Christus Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler for five years and was terminated Feb. 15, about a week after hospital officials went to police with their concerns. Prior to that, he worked for Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview from 2011 to 2013. All the incidents included in the arrest warrant affidavit occurred at Christus Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler.

The affidavit indicates Tyler police investigators looked at staffing and payroll records and determined that Davis was the only nurse assigned consistently to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at the date and time of each incident. They also reviewed hospital security footage pertaining to the seven incidents and observed Davis entering the room of three patients who suffered episodes within minutes of him leaving their room.

Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham was unable to provide information about the developments that led to the new indictments. Bingham said the case has been placed under a protective order by 114th District Court Judge Christi Kennedy.  

Information under the criminal homicide chapter of the Texas Penal Code states a person commits capital murder if the person murders more than one person during the same criminal transaction or during different criminal transactions but the murders are committed pursuant to the same scheme or course of conduct.

 

Crime and Breaking News Reporter

I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college and studied journalism.

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