Hub City nurse's motion hearing postponed

Hub City nurse's motion hearing postponed
April Denae Grissom

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A former registered nurse at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg was scheduled in court for a motion hearing Monday but due to inclement weather, court was postponed.

April Denae Grissom, 28, of Petal was indicted on second-degree murder in June 2013 for the death of Louis F. Betz Jr.

A pair of pretrial motions were set to be heard in Marion County Monday morning, but according to Grissom's attorney Tracy Klein, due to winter weather conditions a continuance was requested.

The next hearing is set for March 6.

According to court records, March 26, 2013 Grissom "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."

On Monday, 15th District Circuit Court Judge Anthony Mozingo is scheduled to hear a pair of pretrial motions filed on Grissom's behalf by attorney Tracy Klein.

The motions filed are to "reconsider order granting state's motion to designate expert" and to "disqualify attorney general and dismiss indictment".

Betz, 77, was admitted to Wesley Medical Center on March 15, 2013 where she received a surgical procedure for colon cancer.

Post-surgery issues caused Betz to be moved into the intensive care unit on March 23. According to documents, another surgery was performed March 25th and following the surgery was placed on multiple machines along with drugs to treat conditions along with acute renal failure and reduced blood pressure.

In a release from Attorney General Jim Hood, Grissom turned herself in to investigators with the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit following the indictment by the Lamar County Grand Jury.

Grissom was booked into the Lamar County Jail, where she was released on $10,000 bail.

The court docket has Grissom set for trial March 23rd in Purvis at the Lamar County Courthouse.