A former DaVita Dialysis patient care technician testified Tuesday that she watched her patients closely and that if Kimberly Saenz had injected one of them with bleach, it wouldn’t have gone unnoticed.
Angie Rodriguez was the first witness to take the stand Tuesday on the second day of Saenz’s capital murder trial. If convicted, Saenz faces life in prison or death by lethal injection on a charge of capital murder in connection with the 2008 deaths of five DaVita patients.
Rodriguez testified she was partnered with Saenz in caring for patients on April 28, 2008, the same day two of those patients claim to have seen the now 38-year-old Saenz inject bleach into two patient lines.
Rodriguez recalled for the jury how after coming back from a morning break she found one of her patients, Marva Rhone, having “difficulties.” At the hospital later, a test revealed Rhone had toxins in her system. Further testing by Lufkin Police Department would show bleach in one of her lines, according to prosecutor Clyde Herrington.
“She said she couldn’t describe the feeling, but said she couldn’t get right,” Rodriguez said. “This was not her norm because this woman would usually sleep (through dialysis).”
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