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Nurse pleads not guilty to killing vet

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky nurse accused of killing a
90-year-old World War II veteran with a morphine injection three
years ago has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Defense attorney Patrick Nash entered the plea for 32-year-old
Maria Kelly Whitt at her arraignment Friday in federal court in
Lexington. She is accused of killing Jesse L. Chain with lethal
doses of morphine at a veteran's hospital in September 2006.

A Dec. 7 trial date has been set, but Nash says he might need
more time to line up medical experts as potential witnesses.

Nash says he doesn't know if Whitt has been questioned by
federal investigators about two other deaths at the Veterans
Affairs hospital that a federal agent has said were suspicious.

Whitt remained in a western Kentucky jail Friday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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