A jury in Lufkin is expected to decide the fate of a Texas nurse accused of killing five kidney dialysis patients by injecting them with bleach. Closing arguments are set for today in the capital murder trial of Kimberly Clark Saenz.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Saenz caused the patients’ deaths in April 2008 by injecting bleach into their dialysis lines at a Lufkin clinic. Two patients told jurors they saw Saenz use syringes to draw bleach from a cleaning pail and inject it into the IV lines of two other patients.

Saenz’s attorney, Ryan Deaton, says she was made a scapegoat for faulty procedures at the clinic, including improper water purification. Deaton also suggested clinic officials have fabricated evidence against Saenz.


Man Sentenced in Counterfeit Money Scheme

A 21-year-old Tyler man has been sentenced to federal prison for his involvement in a counterfeit money scheme.

Bryan Scott Mayfield pleaded guilty on Nov. 8, 2011 to possession of counterfeit money and was sentenced to eight months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Mayfield was also ordered to pay $1,750.00 in restitution.

According to information presented in court, on June 4, 2011, Mayfield assisted another person in passing counterfeit money at a Wal-Mart in Gilmer, Texas.  Mayfield knew a cashier at the Wal-Mart and contacted her to see if she would be working on June 4, 2011.  Mayfield told her that he and others were planning to use counterfeit currency and she agreed to let them make the purchase at her cash register.  Mayfield was present and assisted in the purchase of a laptop computer with eight counterfeit $100 bills.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Sep. 15, 2011, charging Mayfield with federal crimes.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, The Tyler Police Department and the Gilmer Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.


Texas Man Executed for Killing of 10-Month-Old

HUNTSVILLE — A Texas man has been executed for the beating death of a ten-month-boy he was baby-sitting more than a decade ago. Jesse Joe Hernandez received lethal injection last night in Huntsville for the killing of Karlos Borja.

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday denied last-ditch appeals for Hernandez.



JetBlue Pilot Charged for Screaming About Bomb

AMARILLO — A JetBlue captain who ran down the cabin of a flight screaming about a bomb has been charged with interfering with a flight crew.

The plane made an emergency landing in Amarillo on Tuesday after the incident involving captain Clayton Osbon. JetBlue also announced yesterday that Osbon has been suspended.