State to seek death penalty for ex-nurse

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE/ AP) - The state will seek the death penalty in the case of a former nurse accused of killing five patients at a Lufkin dialysis clinic with bleach injections.

The prosecution announced plans Wednesday during a pre-trial hearing to pursue death for Kimberly Saenz (SIGNS), who is charged with five capital murder counts and five of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

An indictment alleges she injected 10 patients with bleach last year at the Lufkin DaVita Dialysis clinic. Five died.

District Attorney Cyde Herrington told KTRE today that they are working toward an April 2010 trial date. He said, "Usually in a capital murder case if the grand jury indicts someone for capital murder then the death penalty is sought and we go from there."

Her attorney has said his client is a scapegoat for the clinic.

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