Ex-nurse accused in child deaths to stand trial in January

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Genene Jones is handcuffed as she arrives for a hearing Monday, September 9, 2010 in the 399th state District Court in San Antonio, Texas. Jones, a former pediatric nurse, was convicted in 1984 of fatally injecting Chelsea McClellan of Kerrville with a powerful medication and served 33 years of a 99-year prison term.Jones was convicted in 1984 in the deaths of two infants. She was scheduled to be released last year when prosecutors, citing new evidence, filed the first of five separate murder charges related to infant deaths in the 1980s. (Robin Jerstad/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A former nurse suspected in the killing of dozens of children will stand trial in January.

State District Judge Frank Castro on Monday scheduled the murder trial for 69-year-old Genene Jones after her attorneys withdrew a request for a competency trial.

Jones was convicted in 1984 in the deaths of two infants. She was scheduled to be released last year when prosecutors, citing new evidence, filed the first of five separate murder charges related to infant deaths in the 1980s.

She has pleaded not guilty .

Her lawyers had requested a competency trial after another judge ruled in February that she was competent to stand trial for murder. Her lawyers at the time argued that she had diminished capacity after suffering from strokes.

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