Genene Jones, the killer nurse who is suspected of being one of the worst serial killers in Texas history, today was ruled to be competent to stand trial in the murders of five children at the then-named Bexar County Hospital in the late seventies and early eighties, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
A second competency hearing will now be scheduled.
Jones, 68, sat impassively in the courtroom during todays hearing and did not speak.
Jones served 33 years in prison for the murder of 14 month old Chelsea McClellan, who she killed with a lethal dose of drugs when she was working as a nurse in a pediatricians office in Kerrville. Some prosecutors have suggested that Jones murdered as many as sixty children while working as a nurse in various health care facilities in the late seventies and early eighties.
Experts who testified at her original trial testified that Jones was driven to kill by a bizarre condition called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. That is where a person intentionally harms another to become a hero figure who rushes in to save a life or, in the case of Jones, to become the caring nurse who comforts the distraught parents of a dead child
Former Bexar County DA Nico LaHood obtained new indictments against Jones after she was released from prison in 2016, in hopes of keeping her behind bars for the rest of her life.
Lawyers today discussed the possibility of plea bargain, but new DA Joe Gonzalez said any agreement must be with the parents if the children Jones is accused of killing.