Registered Nurse Stands Trial For Murder


HATTIESBURG, MS- A registered nurse and previous employee of Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg, was indicted in June 2013 for second-degree murder, by a Lamar County grand jury.


April Denae Grissom will stand trial beginning Tuesday in Lamar County.

Grissom allegedly arrived for her shift on March 26, 2013 "without doctors' orders ... turned off the dialysis machine along with the amiodarone drip and decreased the norepinephrine and phenylephrine drips, thereby causing the death of Louis F. Betz Jr." 

Betz, who was 77, was admitted to the hospital to be treated for a colon cancer and was to undergo surgery. Post-surgery Betz was transferred to the intensive care unit on March 23 and a second surgery was performed on March 25th.  

Betz became hypotensive and was in acute renal failure, so he was placed on multiple drugs to treat his health conditions. 

Grissom turned herself in to the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit where she was charged with depraved heart murder.
“a depraved indifference to human life, recklessly engaged in conduct creating a grave risk of death to another person, and thereby caused the death of another person.” According to Mississippi law.

Grissom was released from Lamar County Jail after making bail of $10,000. She faces a maximum sentence of life.