Former Hattiesburg nurse hearing continues

Former Hattiesburg nurse hearing continues

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A former registered nurse at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg had two pretrial motions scheduled to be heard before a judge Friday.

The motions filed on behalf of April Denae Grissom, 28, of Petal, were to “reconsider order granting state's motion to designate expert” and to “disqualify attorney general and dismiss indictment”.

During the hearing 15th District Circuit Court Judge Anthony Mozingo addressed the court stating that often cases are handed over to other judges in districts.

In this case, Mozingo transferred the case to judge Prentiss Harrell's docket.

A new date will be set for the motions to be heard.

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

Grissom was present for the hearing, along side her attorney Tracy Klein.

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."

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, but due to recent motion hearings this is subject to change.