Ex-nurse pleads not guilty to 6 murder charges
December 30, 1997
Majors arrives at the Vermillion County courthouse in shackles
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NEWPORT, Indiana (CNN) -- Orville Lynn Majors, the former nurse accused of killing six of his patients, entered a plea of not guilty at an arraignment hearing Tuesday.
Prosecutors said they believe that Majors killed the patients
by injecting them with potassium chloride between 1993 and
Marshall Pinkus, Majors' attorney, said the evidence
presented by Vermillion County authorities was old and that
epidemiological studies the prosecution intended to present
Majors asked for a jury trial and a pre-trial conference was
set for January 21. The judge denied bail.
Majors faces a prison term of 65 years on each count if
convicted. Prosecutors said they would not seek the death
Members of the families of several people who died at
Vermillion County Hospital shouted and jeered as Majors was
led into the Vermillion County courthouse in leg chains and
Majors' attorney Marshall Pinkus
"You need to own up to what you did," one man said.
Robert Doran, whose 76-year-old father died in Vermillion
County hospital, said he saw Majors give his father an
injection shortly before he died.
Majors is not charged with the elder Doran's death, but his
son is party to a class action civil lawsuit against Majors
and the hospital over the deaths of 130 people.
Majors, 36, was a licensed practical nurse at the former
Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton, Indiana, a 56-bed
facility now called West Central Community Hospital.
Majors was on duty during 130 deaths at the hospital. In
July, he was publicly named as a suspect in an
unspecified number of them.
Majors' license as a practical nurse was revoked by the state
in 1995 amid suspicions that he was present in the critical
care ward of the hospital when dozens of mostly elderly
The state Nursing Board said he failed to apprise doctors of
patient conditions and exceeded his authority in one case by
increasing a patient's oxygen supply.