Nurse faces murder charges

A Canadian nurse was charged on Tuesday with using drugs to murder eight elderly patients in long-term care facilities in an alleged killing spree that ran for seven years.

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 49, is accused of killing five women and three men in the Ontario towns of Woodstock and London between 2007 and 2014. The dead ranged in age from 75 to 96.

“The victims were administered a drug,” Woodstock Police Chief William Renton told a televised news conference, declining to give further details.

Ms Wettlaufer appeared in court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody.

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