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Ex-Texas nurse faces death sentence for killing 4 patients with air injection

TYLER, Texas – A jury sentenced a former Texas nurse to death on Wednesday for killing four patients by injecting air into their arteries after heart surgery.

William George Davis.Smith County Jail via AP / AP

The Smith County jury deliberated about two hours before sentencing William George Davis to death. The conviction of the Hallsville man, 37, will automatically be appealed.

The sentence came a week after the same jury found Davis guilty of capital murder.

Jurors agreed with prosecutors that Davis killed four patients at a Tyler hospital in 2017 and 2018. John Lafferty, Ronald Clark, Christopher Greenway and Joseph Kalina suffered from unexplained neurological problems and died while recovering from their heart surgery at Christus Mother Frances Hospital.

During the sentencing phase of the trial, prosecutors played for jury tapes of phone calls Davis made from prison shortly after the October 19 guilty verdict. In a call to his ex-wife, Davis – a nurse in the hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit – said he would find ways to extend patients’ intensive care stays so he could do more. overtime and earn more money.

Prosecution experts testified that all four victims showed signs of air in their brains which caused irreversible damage. After the fourth death, a security video showed Davis was the last person to see the victim before the man’s condition deteriorated.

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