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Warrant: Woman smuggled 'oxy' to hospital patient who died

1 month 1 week 4 days ago Monday, September 11 2017 Sep 11, 2017 September 11, 2017 4:31 PM September 11, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Monroe News Star
MONROE - A Louisiana woman faces a second-degree murder charge for allegedly smuggling oxycodone to a hospital patient.
  
The News-Star reports that the warrant names 35-year-old Virginia Wharton of Calhoun as the suspect in the death of 38-year-old Justin Ewing.
  
He died while being treated for a drug-resistant staph infection known as MRSA at Louisiana Extended Care Hospital in West Monroe.
  
According to the warrant, Ewing was found dead on the floor of his hospital room with a syringe in his IV port.
  
Online booking records show Wharton was arrested Thursday and released Friday with bond set at $40,000.
  
Her contact information and information on her attorney were not posted.

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