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Ex-VA Hospital Nurse Charged With Murder

November 25, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A former nurse at a Veterans Affairs hospital was charged with second-degree murder in the death of a patient.

James Mullins, 56, was charged in the death of Gary Baker, 53. He is accused of injecting him with propofol, a strong sedative that can slow or stop respiration.

Baker, of West Palm Beach, had checked into the hospital Feb. 5 with back pain. He went into a coma Feb. 10 and died 12 days later.

According to court records, Mullins resigned two weeks after Baker's death, applied for disability benefits and began seeing a psychiatrist. Authorities say he suffers from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder from his combat duty in Vietnam.

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