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Indictment unsealed in VA hospital deaths

Federal authorities have accused a former employee at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg in the murder of patients at the facility.

Reta Mays, who was a nursing assistant at the center before she was terminated, is accused of injecting the veterans with non-prescribed dosages of insulin, causing death, according to an indictment unsealed this morning. She was accused of seven counts of second-degree murder and one count of assault with intent to commit murder, according to an indictment unsealed this morning.

U.S. Attorney Bill Powell of the Northern District of West Virginia and law enforcement will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. today in Clarksburg.

The first disclosure of the investigation into suspicious deaths at the facility was last year when the family of the late Felix K. McDermott, whose death was ruled by medical examiners as a homicide from an unprescribed and unneeded insulin injection causing hypoglycemia, notified the government of its intention to file suit. The notice of claim also said authorities had a person of interest in multiple suspicious deaths at the center.

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