Lufkin, TX — With less than two weeks before jury selection in the capital murder trial of a former Lufkin dialysis nurse accused in the bleach injection deaths of five patients, an Angelina County judge ordered a state health agency to release a report of the nurse’s then-employer, DaVita Dialysis.
Since her 2008 arrest, defense attorney Ryan Deaton has maintained that DaVita is using his client, Kimberly Saenz, 37, and her eight-month tenure at the clinic as a scapegoat for their mistakes. Those mistakes, including 68 “adverse occurrences,” Deaton said, are detailed in the Texas Department of Health and Human Services report in question. Although the Attorney General’s office tried to prevent Deaton’s access to the report, citing HIPPA violations, state District Judge Barry Bryan ruled the agency must hand over the information, as Saenz’s life is on the line.
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