Attorney for Missouri hospital staff charged with murder says she will turn herself in

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — The attorney for the woman accused of killing a woman 20 years ago while she was a respiratory therapist said his client will turn herself in.

Jennifer Hall was charged Killing Fern Franco at Hedrick Medical Center on May 18, 2002. Hall’s attorney Matt O’Connor spoke to FOX4 on Wednesday.

“We’re trying to arrange their handover,” he said on Wednesday. “I just want to do it like I’m trying to give her enough time to prepare.”

O’Connor said Hall is still in the area, but wouldn’t say where. That Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has Hall on their ‘Most Wanted List’.

“She’s not at risk of absconding because she would have left years ago,” O’Connor said Wednesday.

The probable cause statement released by the Livingston County Attorney’s Office tells a different story. Officer Brian G. Schmidt believes Hall poses a “danger to the community and others.”

Franco had succinylcholine and morphine in her system, substances not used to treat a patient with pneumonia.

The statement said that because of Hall’s close proximity to affected patients and their access to medicines that are fatal if misused,

Hedrick Medical Center staff believe Hall was responsible for the patients’ deaths.

While Hall worked there between December 2001 and May 2002, nine people died in the hospital.

However, Hall is charged only with Franco’s death. Franco’s granddaughter seeks justice in the death of her grandmother. However, O’Connor does not believe his client is responsible for any of the deaths.

“She didn’t do it, number one. Number two, she couldn’t have done it. She didn’t have the means,” he continued. “To use the analogy, if this is a homicide case involving a shootout, she didn’t have a gun. She did not have access to a gun. She didn’t have access to bullets, none of them. locked up again. We’re talking about morphine and succinylcholine. These are very regulated chemicals, and it cripples you for surgery. It’s not something you have anywhere except in the OR and maybe the ER, especially morphine, it’s not something that’s just lying around.”

Livingston County Attorney Adam Warren has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. He’s not commenting right now.

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Nate Jones

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