Former Nurse Please Guilty to Eight Murders
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 22:53
A former nurse accused of killing eight residents of long-term care facilities in Woodstock and London is expected to admit to the killings.
The Free Press has confirmed that Wettlaufer, 49, will make her pleas in a Woodstock courtroom, followed by an agreed statement of facts from Crown and defence.
When the court date was scheduled in April, the June 1 date was to be a judicial pre-trial hearing with Justice Bruce Thomas.
On Thursday afternoon, at Thomas's direction, the media were advised in an email that "significant developments in this case are anticipated" on Thursday.
The email also directed the media where to park their vehicles.
The charges include eight counts of first degree murder.
While an employee at the Caressant home, she often worked the overnight shift and had sole access to three locked medication carts.
More than seven months after her arrest, Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Court documents allege Wettlaufer injected those six alleged victims with insulin.
- August 1, 2016 - August 30, 2016: Wettlaufer injected 68-year-old Beverly Bertram with insulin "with intent to murder" while the woman was living at a private residence in Ingersol, Ont.
Its not anticipated that the case will end Thursday.
Also possible are guilty pleas in the case, setting in motion requests for a pre-sentence report and victim impact statements. With her pleas, Wettlaufer will go down as the worst killer in the Canadian health care system.
Wettlaufer said she "got that laughing feeling" after killing the patient, according to Lancaster.
It doesnt bring my dad back. "I'm still hurting for my dad", she said, but she would be thankful to her "on behalf of my individual family and friends".
Toronto Police began investigating Wettlaufer last fall after they were tipped off to information she'd given to a psychiatric hospital in Toronto.
In January, Wettlaufer faced six additional charges related to seniors in her care.
She now has admitted that between 2007 and 2014 she killed seven residents at the Caressant Care facility in Woodstock.
The alleged murder victims have been identified as James Silcox, 84, Maurice Granat, 84, Gladys Millard, 87, Helen Matheson, 95, Mary Zurawinski, 96, Helen Young, 90, Maureen Pickering, 79, and Arpad Horvath, 75.
She has been charged with the attempted murder in September, 2015, of Telfer resident Sandra Towler, 77.
December 31, 2007: Wettlaufer injected 87-year-old Clotilde Adriano with insulin at the Caressant Care long-term-care home in Woodstock, Ont., committing what police called an aggravated assault.