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Ontario nurse accused of killing seniors using drugs facing new attempted murder and aggravated assault charges

Former nurse accused of killing eight seniors facing new charges

A former nurse accused of killing eight seniors in two Ontario nursing homes is facing new charges, the Ontario Provincial Police announced Friday morning.  

In addition to the eight counts of first-degree murder Elizabeth Wettlaufer was charged with in October, she’s now also facing four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault in relation to people who were in her care between June 2007 and August 2016, police said in a news release.

Police began investigating Wettlaufer in September, after she apparently revealed information to staff at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where she’d voluntarily checked herself in for substance abuse.

Police were confident after they laid the initial charges that there were no other victims, but families of others who had stayed at the nursing homes Wettlaufer had worked in demanded that police investigate other claims.

Four of the alleged new victims have since died, but police say their causes of death “are not attributed to the accused.”

Wettlaufer, 49, is scheduled to appear in court this morning for the second time since she was charged with the murders of eight nursing home residents in Woodstock and London, Ont, who police say she administered fatal doses of medication between 2007 and 2014, while she worked at the long-term care facilities. Three weeks before her arrest, she signed a peace bond that prohibited her from possessing insulin.

All the people she is alleged to have killed were between 75 and 96 years old.  The new crop of alleged victims are between the ages of 57 to 90. Wettlaufer, who has made several court appearances via video link, has been held at the Vanier Centre for Women since her arrest.

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