Former nurse convicted in Pa. boy’s death appeals

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A former central Pennsylvania nurse convicted of giving an 11-year-old cerebral palsy patient a lethal dose of morphine says she was barred from presenting testimony she says would have vindicated her.

Fifty-three-year-old Joy Woomer of Lancaster was convicted of third-degree murder in the 2002 death of Brent Weaver and sentenced to seven to 20 years. She denied having given medication to the boy.

The (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era ( ) says Woomer testified at an appeal hearing Friday that her trial attorneys had limited her testimony.

On cross-examination, prosecutors pointed out that she did testify in part on the matters at issue. Her defense attorneys said their trial strategy was to present her as a competent nurse who wouldn’t have made a mistake that led to the boy’s death.


Information from: Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era ,

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