Lufkin woman says she saw former nurse inject patient with bleach

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 2:22pm

Lufkin, Texas — From the confines of her dialysis chair, a Lufkin woman claimed Monday that she watched former Davita Dialysis nurse Kimberly Saenz draw up bleach from a cleaning pail into syringes and then inject it into two patient lines.

Linda Hall was the first witness to take the stand for the prosecution team of Clyde Herrington, Chris Tortorice and Layne Thompson during the first day of the 37-year-old Saenz’s capital murder trial. She described for the 12-member jury how on the morning of April 28, 2008, she watched a “fidgety” Saenz looking around to see who might be watching as she injected the bleach into two patients — Marva Rhone and Carolyn Risinger. She said Saenz’s actions first caught her attention because she put a bleach pail, normally kept on a counter top, on the floor.

“I said, ‘Lord, what is she doing?’ She walked to Ms. Rhone’s IV, looked around and then went to port hole, pushed it in there and stepped back,” Hall said.

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