Prosecutors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are nearing a plea agreement with a former nurse, Charles Cullen, reports the New York Times. He would be spared the death penalty, plead guilty in 14 patients’ deaths and help identify his other victims. Cullen has claimed to have killed more than 30 patients. The story was first reported by the Newark Star-Ledger and Gannett Newspapers of New Jersey.
Under the deal, which was sent yesterday to prosecutors in the seven counties where Mr. Cullen worked in his 16-year career, he would help legislators and regulators strengthen the oversight of the health care system by explaining how he managed to work for years even after he was fired repeatedly and was suspected in the poisoning of patients.
Of 16 victims involved in the deal, 11 were men and 5 were women; some were terminally ill, while others were recovering; they included retirees, homemakers and a Catholic priest. More than half the victims were assigned to other caretakers at the time Cullen admits he poisoned them. Without his cooperation, it would be difficult to prove that he had killed them.