Witness: Military nurse tinkered with drugs

May 28, 2009 3:01:50 PM PDT
Testimony today in the trial of an Air Force nurse charged with murder alleges the defendant tinkered with a terminally ill patient's medication, saying he wanted to make the man comfortable. A relative of the patient says Capt. Michael Fontana came back in after the man died and went straight for the hanging bags of intravenous drugs.

The man, 83-year-old Silvestre Orosco, is one of three ailing patients Fontana is accused of killing at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio last summer.

Orosco's daughter-in-law, Margarita, was among the last of 12 witnesses at Lackland Air Force Base for Fontana's Article 32 hearing.

The proceeding is similar to a civilian grand jury. An Air Force colonel who presided over the hearing will now recommend whether to send the case to court-martial.

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