Convicted Lufkin Nurse Awaits Punishment
The sentencing phase is underway today for a Lufkin nurse convicted of killing five kidney dialysis patients by injecting them with bleach. Kimberly Clark Saenz faces a possible death sentence as jurors begin deliberating her punishment in the capital murder trial.
Prosecutors say Saenz also deliberately injured five other patients at the DaVita dialysis clinic in Lufkin.
Saenz was fired in April 2008 after a rash of illnesses and deaths at the clinic. The 38-year-old didn’t take the stand, but her lawyers argued Saenz was wrongly taking the blame for her company’s sloppy procedures.
Bleach is commonly used to disinfect plastic lines and other dialysis equipment at the clinic.
Saenz faces death row or life in prison.
Longview Teen Falls out of Moving Car
LONGVIEW – A 17 year- old girl is hospitalized with life-threating injuries after she fell out of a car striking her head on the roadway.
Longview Police say Delena Renne Nguyen was a passenger in a car driven by 20 year old Luster Laray Mitchell Jr. The two had been dancing inside the car when the door opened and the teen fell out of the 2003 Mercedes. Mitchell stopped immediately and called for help. Nguyen was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident. She was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center.
The incident occurred Sunday in the 3000 block of Spring Hill Rd. and is under investigation. I
Traffic on I-20 Back Open Following Fatal Accident
Gregg Co. – One fatality is reported in a multi vehicle accident on I- 20 in Gregg County.
DPS says five vehicles were involved in this mornings accident which shutdown traffic in the eastbound lanes of I-20 at Hwy 42. The name of the deceased has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
Suspects Sought in Two Tyler Burglaries
Tyler police are searching for the suspect or suspects involved in two burglaries over the weekend at the Family Dollar Stores at 1527 NNW Loop 323, and 4305 Troup Hwy.
Police said the break-ins occurred around 6 a.m. Saturday. An undetermined amount of cash was taken from both stores. Both burglaries appeared to be similar in nature.
Missing Toddler Found Dead
CLEVELAND, Texas — Authorities say a missing toddler whose disappearance launched a four-day search in the woods and dangerous bayous near Houston has been found dead.
Liberty County spokesman Rex Evans says the death of 2-year-old Devon Davis appears accidental. The boy’s body was found Saturday in an algae-covered pond about 300 yards from the home where the Davis family moved just two weeks ago.
Investigators say April Davis told them she put her son down for nap Tuesday before going to sleep herself. She awoke to find the front door open and Devon gone.