Courts & Crime

Trial date set in death of patient at Kentucky VA hospital

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A trial date has been set for a former nurse at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington who's charged with murder in the death of a patient at the hospital.

Maria Whitt, 32, of Mount Sterling, is scheduled to go trial May 24 in federal court. The trial is expected to last about two weeks.

The trial date was set Friday during a status hearing. Whitt is accused of killing World War II veteran Jesse Lee Chain, 90, who died of a morphine overdose Sept. 3, 2006, at the VA hospital. Whitt has pleaded not guilty.

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