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Defense Rests In Texas Bleach Injection Trial

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LUFKIN (AP) – A nurse accused in the deaths of five dialysis patients has declined to testify in her East Texas trial.

The defense rested Monday afternoon in the Lufkin trial of Kimberly Saenz. Rebuttal testimony was scheduled Tuesday.

Saenz has been charged with one count of capital murder that accuses her of killing as many as five patients. She’s also facing five counts of aggravated assault over injuries to five other patients.

Investigators have said bleach was injected into dialysis tubes.

The Lufkin Daily News reports a forensic pathologist testified earlier Monday that she does not believe those who died were victims of murder.

Dr. Amy Gruszecki took the stand for the defense, saying that she believes the dialysis patients succumbed to their illnesses.

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