New Orleans Doctor, Nurses Charged with Murder A doctor and two nurses were arrested overnight in New Orleans, where they are charged with second-degree murder in connection with patient deaths at a city hospital. The deaths occurred in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans Doctor, Nurses Charged with Murder

New Orleans Doctor, Nurses Charged with Murder

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Dr. Anna Pou (left) and nurses Cheri Landry (center) and Lori Budo have been arrested on charges of giving lethal doses of morphine and a sedative to four patients stranded at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina. Source: Louisiana attorney general hide caption

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Source: Louisiana attorney general

The Charges

Read the charges filed against the doctor and two nurses charged with second-degree murder.

A doctor and two nurses were arrested overnight in New Orleans, where they are charged with second-degree murder in connection with patient deaths at a city hospital. The deaths occurred in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina.

The arrests follow an investigation by Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti into allegations of mercy killings at New Orleans Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Anna Pou and nurses Cheri Landry and Lori Budo are accused of using a cocktail of sedatives and painkillers to kill four patients whose ages ranged from 62 to 91.

The deaths occurred after the hospital was cut off by floodwaters. At the time, it was uncertain whether the patients could be evacuated. But today, Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti says the deaths were not mercy killings.

In describing the charges, Foti said the three "pretended that maybe they were God" in the cases of four people. But in all there were more than 30 deaths at Memorial Hospital at the same time.