SAN ANTONIO – A jailed former nurse who prosecutors believe could be responsible for the death of up to 60 children, Texas is set to be accused of murder charges in the death of five children in the early 1980s.
Genene Jones, who is 67, will be arraigned Thursday in San Antonio. The Bexar County district attorney’s office has announced the five lawsuits of the past year.
Jones is where concurrent 99-year-old and 60-year sentences in state prison for the murder of a 15-month-old and the sickening of 4 weeks old. She was scheduled to be freed from prison in March under a mandatory release law in place when she was sentenced.
Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said Wednesday that he will try each case separately. Jones faces up to life in prison on each charge.
“This is a huge step in the right direction to secure justice for these slain children, their families and our community as a whole,” said LaHood, who said the research goes on in the other cases.
During Jones’ time working at a San Antonio hospital and a clinic in Kerrville, northwest of San Antonio, children died of unexplained attacks, and other complications. LaHood said they first try the case of the 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer, who investigators say died in 1981 of a fatal overdose of an anti-epilepsy drug.
LaHood said Jones was indicted in the cases this year for murder instead of capital murder — including the death penalty — because they “made an exception in the law at the time.”
LaHood said prosecutors are open to the possibility of a plea bargain but would not comment on what conditions should be met in order for the public ministry to accept.
“Our goal, my goal is that they her last breath behind the bars, and they met the Men from behind the bars,” LaHood said.
Jones’ lawyer did not immediately return a call Wednesday for comment.
Prosecutors in Jones’ 1984 murder trial, said the nurse lethally injected children at the Kerrville clinic to highlight the need for a pediatric intensive care unit in a nearby hospital. Other officers of justice theory that her tactic was to quick medical action and save a number of her victims, so they can appear as a kind of ‘miracle worker’.
LaHood said Wednesday that the current prosecutors “really do not know” her motivation. “For me, evil is evil is evil,” he said, “I only know that these children were stolen from the family.”