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Ex-Nurse Charged in Slayings Still at Work

Ex-Nurse Charged in Slayings Still at Work

United Press International

April 01, 2009

A decision by military officials to allow an ex-nurse accused of killing three patients to keep working at an Air Force hospital in Texas is wrong, critics say.

Capt. Michael Fontana, who is charged with murder in the deaths of three intensive-care patients at the Wilford Hall Medical Center, is still on duty in the medical library of the facility at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, even though he could face a life sentence if convicted, the San Antonio Express-News reported Sunday.

“That is outrageous. His place of duty should not be within a mile of that hospital,” Jeffrey Addicott, director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University, told the newspaper.

Addicott, a former Army lawyer, contends that keeping a slaying suspect in a hospital is not good for the service’s image and could place Fontana at risk — not to mention alarming patients.

“The most unusual thing is that he’s still in the building,” Addicott told the Express-News.

Officials said Fontana, who is handling paperwork at Wilford, is free to go off base after work but is being “monitored closely by his work area and his supervisor.”

© YellowBrix 2009


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    korba

    over 5 years ago

    62 comments

    Innocent until proven guilty? One can be placed on administrative leave and not be presumed guilty! Unless there is something very fishy here, this is absurd! If they are considering multiple murder, and this would be premeditated, why isn't this man locked up?!

    Here are links to a little (very little, I'm afraid,) more info.

    http://www.woai.com/news/local/story/Wilford-Hall-nurse-implicated-...

    http://www.examiner.com/a-1915940~Military_nurse_tied_to_stroke_vic...

    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/03/17/texas.military.nurse.deaths...

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    POC

    over 5 years ago

    46 comments

    The artical says he is handling paperwork, nothing about patient care.

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    emtpixie

    over 5 years ago

    328 comments

    The military has many other areas where this man could work (trash detail and base clean up comes to mind) until the trial. Innocent or guilty he has no business being in a hospital right now! If he's innocent then ok, go back to your job, but not until then.

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    pdrn3

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    what ever happened to innocent til proven guilty?

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    rndrew01

    over 5 years ago

    132 comments

    This is unreal

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    Can you believe this?

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    Barbmom

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Something is wrong, but where are the facts of this case?

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    Emmatol

    over 5 years ago

    186 comments

    Something must be wrong somewhere, this might not be too good for the hospital in question.!

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    blackmon44

    over 5 years ago

    54 comments

    Are they that short of nurses to let an accused person work there? I wonder what the other families of other patients is saying,personally I would not be comfortable even working with this individual.

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    ccross08

    over 5 years ago

    16 comments

    I've worked in a hospital where not one but two RNs were still working after being caught on camera stealing narcotics from patients( and employer) but murder.....?!

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    raymoss1

    over 5 years ago

    220 comments

    What?

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    carme

    over 5 years ago

    18 comments

    something is very wrong

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