Former DaVita nurse requests extra funding for state

Kimberly Saenz mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Kimberly Saenz mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A former Lufkin DaVita nurse is asking for extra funding to pay for her defense for her upcoming capital murder trial.

What the judge decided is not known as he made the hearing a closed one to the public.

Prior to the judge's decision, Kimberly Saenz's attorney, Ryan Deaton, explained to District Judge Barry Bryan that Saenz could not get a job because of her suspect status. She is also separated from her husband, Deaton said.

Saenz is accused in the 2008 deaths of five kidney dialysis patients and the aggravated assault of five others. She is accused of injecting bleach into their bloodstream.

Deaton explained that he wanted to hire an engineer to help with explaining how a dialysis machine works and to test the state's theory of how bleach is used with the machine.

When Bryan asked how much Saenz had already paid her lawyer, Deaton requested the closed session.

"I don't want to be rude, but can we make this a closed hearing?" Deaton said.