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Elizabeth Wettlaufer's case adjourned until June 1 in Woodstock

Dale Carruthers

By Dale Carruthers, The London Free Press

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the Woodstock nurse accused of killing residents in several southwestern Ontario nursing homes, arrives at court in Woodstock. (Free Press file photo)

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the Woodstock nurse accused of killing residents in several southwestern Ontario nursing homes, arrives at court in Woodstock. (Free Press file photo)

WOODSTOCK — A former nurse accused of killing eight area nursing home residents appeared in court by video link Friday.

Superior Court Justice Kelly Gorman adjourned Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s case until June 1, when she is to appear in person at the courthouse in Woodstock.

She is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Police say eight people — seven at Woodstock’s Caressant Care, one at Meadow Park nursing home in London — died over a seven-year period after they’d been administered drugs, likely insulin.

Two more people at Caressant Care, a woman at a Paris long-term care home and an Oxford County, resident are named as alleged victims in Wettlaufer’s attempted murder charges. The allegations also involve insulin overdoses.

Two elderly sisters are listed as the alleged victims of aggravated assault. Both lived at the Woodstock facility.

Wettlaufer waived her right to a preliminary hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice, fast-tracking it to the higher court for trial.

dcarruthers@postmedia.com

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