North Carolina prosecutors said on Tuesday that they have charged a nurse with killing two patients in January with lethal doses of insulin.
Johnathan Hayes, 47, who formerly worked at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, is accused of killing Gwen Crawford, 60, on January 8 and Vickie Lingerfelt, 61, on January 27. WRAL reported Crawford died three days after Hayes administered the fatal dose of insulin, while Lingerfelt died four days later.
Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said that before Lingerfelt and Crawford’s slayings, Hayes tried to kill Pamela Little, 62, on December 1, 2021, but Little survived.
WGHP reported that prosecutors were notified of Hayes’ alleged actions in late March. Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist reportedly investigated the allegations before notifying authorities. Hospital officials said Hayes was fired in March, the same month prosecutors were informed of the claims against him.
O’Neil characterized Hayes as a “rogue” nurse during Tuesday’s press conference.
“All of the evidence indicates Hayes acted alone,” he commented.
Hayes is charged with murder and attempted murder. His bond is pending.
According to WFMY, O’Neil said it is possible the nurse had additional victims.
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[Featured image: Jonathan Hayes/Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office]