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Ex-nurse convicted in Pa. boy's death loses appeal

September 5, 2013
Associated Press

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — 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.

The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era ( says 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 on Wednesday denied her request.

Woomer can appeal to the state Superior Court.


Information from: Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era ,



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