Former Ontario nurse charged in deaths of 8 seniors to appear in court

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A former nurse charged with killing eight long-term care residents in southwestern Ontario is set to appear in court Friday.

Elizabeth Wettlaufer waived her right to a preliminary hearing in the case two weeks ago when she last appeared in court via video link.

The 49-year-old faces a slew of charges, including eight counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of residents in nursing homes in Woodstock and London over the last decade.

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Court documents suggest the former nurse injected six victims with insulin, racking up six additional charges in January – four of attempted murder and two of aggravated assault.

Documents show Wettlaufer had been suspended from a nursing home several times for medication-related errors before she was fired for giving a patient the wrong drugs.

In a letter of termination from the Caressant Care nursing home in Woodstock, the nursing home says the alleged incident was part of a “pattern of behaviours that are placing residents at risk.”

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Wettlaufer was first registered as a nurse in 1995. The incidents are said to have occurred between 2007 and 2016.

A trial date could be set during Friday’s appearance.