Nurse Charged With North Carolina Nursing Home Murder
According to the Charlotte News & Observer, 44-year-old registered nurse Angela Almore gave multiple elderly Alzheimer’s patients unprescribed doses of the painkiller morphine, perhaps in an effort to make the nursing home patients easier to care for. The murder took place at Britthaven in Chapel Hill, a nursing home that has been under investigation for various cases of nursing home abuse and neglect in the recent past. Almore is charged with killing 84-year-old Rachel Holliday, a resident of Britthaven who suffered from Alzheimer’s and who died in February 2010 of an apparent morphine overdose.
The nursing home murder was discovered after a number of Alzheimer’s patients were found to have morphine in their systems. At six patients were involved in the nursing home medication abuse. In addition to the murder charge, Almore is also facing six counts of felony patient abuse for giving patients morphine in an attempt to quiet them.
Almore appeared in court this week and her bond remains at $500,000.
Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall told reporters that the case is still under investigation by state authorities, but that all evidence suggests that Almore acted alone in the nursing home abuse and nursing home death.
Britthaven was investigated in 2002 after officials found that their staff was injuring nursing home patients because of a lack of training. In 1997, a nursing home patient was strangled to death in an accident involving physical restraints.