|It turns out there may be as many as 21 military veterans who were deliberately killed by a former employee of the Louis A. Johnson VA medical center in Harrison County.|
46- year-old Reta Mays, an unlicensed nurse’s aid, has already plead guilty in eight of those deaths. But an attorney for many of the victims families is now trying get records of Reta Mays’ work schedule to she if she cared for these other veterans who died suspiciously.
“That will allow me to see whether Reta Mays was on-duty when something bad happened to these veterans. And that would go a long way towards helping us answer questions,” said Tony O’Dell, Attorney for VA Victims.
So far six families have settled out of court, dividing nearly 5-million dollars in damages for negligence and wrongful death, the medical malpractice damages capped in WV by a bill passed by the WV legislature, The bill passed after years of lobbying by insurance companies, calling the state a "judicial hellhole," according to attorneys.
Reta Mays admitted injecting the victims with a fatal dose of insulin, even though many were not diabetic.
More lawsuits are pending, including a claim filed Friday by the family of veteran Charles Dean. Hospital records indicate Reta Mays was with him when he died.
The Inspector General of the Veterans Administration conducted an internal investigation, but the report has been a long time coming to Congress.