VA nurse accused of murdering veteran patient

A Kentucky nurse who worked at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Lexington has been indicted in federal court for allegedly murdering a veteran who was her patient. Maria Kelly Whitt, 32, was indicted last month in the 2006 death of veteran Jesse Lee Chain, according to the Ledger Independent online newspaper.

Mr. Chain had served with the 445th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. Prior to his death, he had been hospitalized at the VA and under Whitt’s care. An autopsy performed on Chain’s body revealed that he had 14 times the appropriate dosage of morphine in his system.

Whitt reportedly has been a registered nurse since June of 2005 and the Kentucky Board of Nursing has not documented any discipline record for her. Mr. Chain’s family denies that their beloved father would have requested a medically-assisted suicide. Circumstances surrounding the death are unknown at this time according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.