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Jury To Decide Fate of Ex-Nurse

October 14, 1999

BRAZIL, Ind. (AP) _ Drama ran high during closing arguments in the case of Orville Lynn Majors, a former nurse charged with killing seven elderly patients with drug injections.

``Don’t let him get away with this,″ prosecuting attorney Greg Carter said Wednesday, his voice breaking. ``He killed these people. Don’t let him get away with this.″

Deliberations were to begin today.

Majors, who has been jailed since January 1998, is charged with seven counts of murder and could face life in prison if he is convicted. The 38-year-old Linton man is accused of giving the injections at the Vermillion County Hospital from 1993 to 1995.

The courtroom was packed with Majors’ family members and the relatives of patients who died at the tiny hospital in nearby Clinton.

``Nine minutes. That’s how long she survived in Mr. Majors care. Nine minutes,″ deputy prosecutor Nina Alexander said of Margaret Hornick, one of the seven patients.

Defense attorneys told jurors that common sense would indicate all the patients died of natural causes.

``It’s time for Lynn Majors to go home,″ said defense attorney I. Marshall Pinkus.

He said an acquittal would end a torturous journey that began when Majors was fired from his job at the hospital on Mar. 9, 1995, based on nothing more than misplaced suspicions.

``These are the facts you’re going to have to look at very closely, not the smokescreen presented by the state,″ Pinkus said.

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