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Search warrant sealed for dwelling of former Atrium nurse charged with homicide

WINSTON-SALEM — A Forsyth County choose has sealed a search warrant that police detectives executed on the home of a former nurse accused of killing two sufferers and making an attempt to kill a 3rd one.

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Johnathan Howard Hayes, 47, of Ransom Street is going through two counts of homicide and one depend of tried homicide. Forsyth County District Lawyer Jim O’Neill introduced the costs Oct. 25 at a information convention. Hayes is a former nurse at Atrium Well being Wake Forest Baptist Medical Middle.

O’Neill mentioned Hayes administered a near-lethal dose of insulin to Pamela Jean Little on Dec. 1, 2021. Little, 63, survived however later died from unrelated well being points.

Then, on Jan. 5, Hayes gave a deadly dose of insulin to Gwen Zelda Crawford, 60, who died three days in a while Jan. 8, based on arrest warrants and O’Neill. Crawford had gone into the hospital for open-heart surgical procedure, based on her brother, Jacky Jones.

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Hayes gave a second deadly dose of insulin to Vickie Lynne Lingerfelt, 61, on Jan. 22, O’Neill mentioned. Lingerfelt died on Jan. 27.

O’Neill referred to as Hayes a “rogue” nurse who acted alone. O’Neill has not introduced a motive within the killings and has launched few extra particulars concerning the case, saying that he must protect the integrity of the investigation and be certain that Hayes has a good trial.

Choose Gregory Hayes signed an order Wednesday to seal the search warrant, which Winston-Salem police detective Michael Ognosky obtained from a Justice of the Peace on Oct. 25, the identical day O’Neill introduced legal prices towards Hayes. Police executed the search warrant on Hayes’ home within the 800 block of Ransom Street.

In response to the sealed order, the choose heard from somebody from the Forsyth County District Lawyer’s Workplace and from Ognosky who mentioned making the search warrant public would “jeopardize the integrity of an ongoing investigation, and that disclosure of the alleged details therein might impair the power of the State and the Protection to a good and neutral trial.”

Choose Hayes sealed the search warrant till Could 1, 2023, or till additional order of the court docket.

O’Neill mentioned on the Oct. 25 information convention that hospital officers carried out an inner investigation and turned their findings over to him and Winston-Salem police detectives on March 21. O’Neill requested that police conduct a legal investigation.

Joe McCloskey, a spokesman for Atrium Well being, mentioned Johnathan Hayes was fired March 18 and had labored at Wake Forest Baptist at numerous instances over the previous 15 years. He obtained his nursing diploma in 2000 from NC A&T’s College of Nursing, Jackie Torok, a faculty spokeswoman, mentioned in an electronic mail.

Hayes was licensed as a nurse’s assist from 1998 to 2000, based on the NC Board of Nursing. He was accepted for a license as a registered nurse on June 27, 2000. That license remains to be lively and is scheduled to run out in Could 2024. Sara Griffith, chief nursing officer with the state nursing board, mentioned a nurse has to report any legal prices inside 30 days of arrest or indictment. The nursing board, she mentioned, has the authority to self-discipline nurses if they’re convicted of against the law.

Hayes was nominated as a nurse of distinction within the Celebrating Nurses of the Triad particular part coordinated by the Winston-Salem Journal, Information & Document and the NC Nurses Affiliation.

Misty Hayes, who submitted the nomination, mentioned her husband took care “of all his individuals on his shifts with that further mile.”

“He sings to them, makes certain they’re comfy, makes certain they’ve every thing they might probably want,” she mentioned. “He lets individuals know who he’s and that they are going to be taken excellent care of.”

Misty Hayes has not returned a number of messages from the Winston-Salem Journal in search of remark.

Johnathan Hayes is being held with out bond within the Forsyth County Jail. His subsequent court docket date is Thursday.

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