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Ex-nursing assistant to plead guilty to killing 7 patients

2020-07-17

A former nursing assistant will plead guilty Tuesday to charges surrounding the deaths of seven patients and the assault of another at a West Virginia veterans center.

Reta Mays, who formerly worked at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Clarksburg — about 125 miles northeast of Charleston — and is accused of wrongfully giving patients insulin, has been charged with seven counts of second-degree murder as well as one count of assault with the intent to commit murder, federal court documents state, WVAH reports.

So-called significant developments in the case will be announced at a news conference set to start 3 p.m. Tuesday, the outlet notes, citing an advisory regarding the ongoing federal investigation.

Six of Mays’ alleged victims are Robert Edge Sr., 82; Archie Edgell, Raymond Golden, Robert Kozul, Felix McDermott and George Shaw. The seventh of her alleged victims is only identified by the initials W.A.H. Earlier reports suggest W.A.H. may have been William Holloway, who died in April 2018 at age 96.

Edge died in July 2017, according to his obituary; Kozul in January 2018; Edgell in March 2018; McDermott and Shaw died a day apart in April 2018; Golden reportedly in June 2018.

The veteran Mays allegedly assaulted is similarly identified by initials R.R.P.

At least 11 deaths at the VAMC are under FBI investigation and have led to a multitude of lawsuits against the facility, claiming the injections led to the veterans’ deaths.