Ex-nurse convicted in Lancaster County boy's death loses appeal

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 5, 2013 2:56 PM
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(Lancaster) -- A judge has denied a request for a new trial from a former central Pennsylvania nurse convicted of giving an 11-year-old cerebral palsy patient a lethal dose of morphine.

Fifty-three-year-old Joy O'Shea Woomer of Lancaster was convicted by a jury in 2010 of third-degree murder in the 2002 death of Brent Weaver and sentenced to seven to 20 years. She denied having given medication to the boy.

Woomer asked Judge David Ashworth to throw out the conviction, claiming her attorneys were ``ineffective'' and they limited testimony that could have vindicated her.

The judge has denied her request. Woomer can appeal to the state Superior Court.

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