A jury sentenced the former Texas nurse who killed four people by injecting air into their arteries after heart surgery.
The Smith County jury took about two hours before condemning William George Davis to death. His sentence will be automatically appealed.
The sentence came a week after the same jury found Davis guilty of capital murder.
Prosecutors and jurors agreed that Davis killed four patients at a Tyler hospital in 2017 and 2018. John Lafferty, Ronald Clark, Christopher Greenway, and Joseph Kalina suffered unexplained neurological problems and died while recovering from their heart surgeries at Christus Mother Frances Hospital.
During the sentencing phase of the trial, prosecutors played recordings of Davis’ telephone calls from jail shortly after the Oct 19th guilty verdict. Davis, a nurse in the hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit, called his ex-wife and said he would find ways to prolong patients’ ICU stays so he could work more overtime and make more money.
Prosecution experts testified that all four victims showed signs of air in their brains that caused irreversible damage. After the fourth death, security video showed Davis was the last person to see the victim before the man’s condition deteriorated.