Registered Nurse Arrested for Depraved Heart Murder of Patient

February 26, 2014

A registered nurse in Hattiesburg is facing charges of depraved heart murder, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

April Renae Grissom, 28, of Petal, turned herself in to investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit following indictment by a Lamar County Grand Jury for depraved heart murder. Grissom is accused in the indictment of turning off the machines which were helping keep the alleged victim alive. Grissom was working as an R.N. at the facility where the alleged victim, 77, was receiving treatment.

Grissom was booked into the Lamar County Detention Center. If convicted, Grissom faces up to life in prison. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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