KILLER NURSE Johnathan Hayes is charged with murder after 2 patients die from insulin OD

KILLER NURSE Johnathan Hayes is charged with murder after 2 patients die from insulin OD
Johnathan Hayes' employment at the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was terminated in March following the start of an initial investigation (Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center/website)

WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA: A former nurse is accused of giving lethal insulin doses to two patients, killing them both and almost killing a third in North Carolina. On October 25, Forsyth County District Attorney, Jim O'Neill, stated that 47-year-old Johnathan Hayes, a former employee of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. 

Hayes is alleged to have administered Gwen Crawford a fatal dosage of insulin, according to O'Neill on January 5, 2020. Several days later, on January 8, 2020, Crawford died. Then, according to O'Neill, on January 22, 2020, Hayes gave Vickie Lingerfelt an insulin injection. Lingerfelt met the same fate as Crawford on January 27, 2020. Later on, Pamela Little was allegedly given an almost lethal amount of insulin by Hayes on December 1, 2021, but she survived, as per the information provided by O'Neill, reported Daily Mail.

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An Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist spokesman stated that Hayes' employment at the hospital was terminated in March following the start of an initial investigation. On October 25, he was arrested on homicide-related accusations. O'Neill claimed that on March 21, he and detectives from Winston-Salem police met with representatives from Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to start the investigation. He claimed that Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist had first carried out its own inquiry and supplied details that seemed to support the claims that Hayes reportedly administered a lethal amount of insulin that killed a patient. “We were presented on that day with information by an investigative team that appeared to show that a nurse, Johnathan Hayes, may have administered a lethal dose of insulin causing the death of that patient and perhaps others,” O'Neill said according to Daily Mail.

Using the information, the District Attorney's Office and Winston-Salem Police Department teamed together to launch a second comprehensive investigation that included speaking with witnesses, gathering evidence, and speaking with the relatives of the deceased. 

According to O'Neill, the information and evidence obtained as a whole demonstrated that Hayes committed the crime on his own. This prompted O'Neill to prosecute the “rogue” former nurse with murder. “All of the evidence indicates Hayes acted alone,” O'Neill added. In addition, O'Neill highlighted that Hayes is being charged with murder and attempted murder, "not involuntary manslaughter," as he would be for malpractice in the medical field. “What upsets me about these kinds of cases is that we have a particularly vulnerable kind of victim,” O'Neill said. “Johnathan Hayes has forfeited the honor of being called a nurse. From this day forth, he'll be known as a defendant. No one in this community should hesitate or be reluctant to seek treatment from Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center or any of our outstanding healthcare facilities that we're blessed to have here in Forsyth County", he concluded. 

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