Ex-nurse accused in child deaths to stand trial in January

A former nurse suspected in the killing of dozens of children will stand trial in January

ByThe Associated Press
September 10, 2019, 12:57 PM
FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Genene Jones. Jones, a former nurse who prosecutors believe could be responsible for the deaths of up to 60 Texas children. State District Judge Frank Castro on Mo
FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Genene Jones. Jones, a former nurse who prosecutors believe could be responsible for the deaths of up to 60 Texas children. State District Judge Frank Castro on Monday, September 9, 2019 scheduled a January 2020 trial for Jones, a former nurse who prosecutors suspect of causing the deaths of dozens of children, after her defense team withdrew a request for a competency trial.(Texas Department of Criminal Justice. via AP, File)
The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- A former nurse suspected in the killing of dozens of children will stand trial in January.

State District Judge Frank Castro on Monday scheduled the murder trial for 69-year-old Genene Jones after her attorneys withdrew a request for a competency trial.

Jones was convicted in 1984 in the deaths of two infants. She was scheduled to be released last year when prosecutors, citing new evidence, filed the first of five separate murder charges related to infant deaths in the 1980s.

She has pleaded not guilty .

Her lawyers had requested a competency trial after another judge ruled in February that she was competent to stand trial for murder. Her lawyers at the time argued that she had diminished capacity after suffering from strokes.

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