Ex-nurse accused of killing Canada seniors faces charges

Six new charges have been laid against Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the former nurse accused of killing eight seniors in long-term care homes in Ontario, police said Friday.

The additional charges are four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

OPP allege that Wettlaufer tried to kill Sandra Towler at the Telfer Place home in Paris in September 2015, and did the same to Beverly Bertram at a private home in Oxford County in August 2016.

Ontario Provincial Police announced the new charges moments before Wettlaufer appeared briefly in a packed Woodstock, Ont., courtroom.

Authorities have also taken medical records of other residents of Ontario long-term care facilities who are not now named as alleged victims in the case, reportedly to investigate the possibility that Wettlaufer harmed or killed additional residents.

The former nurse is accused of attempting to kill Caressant Care residents Wayne Hedges and Michael Priddle in 2008 and 2009, and assaulting residents Clotilde Adriano and Albina Demedeiros in 2007.

Wettlaufer was also not allowed to possess or consume alcohol and had to obey a curfew and reside in either her apartment or with her parents in Woodstock between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., except to attend alcoholics anonymous meetings, according to terms laid out in the peace bond.

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Investigators said Friday that four of the six victims - Adriano, Demedeiros, Hedges and Priddle - have died since the probe began, though they have yet to determine whether their cause of death is linked to Wettlaufer.

The allegations against her have not been proved in court.

Police said seven of the victims were given a fatal dose of a drug.

She's answering the new charges in court in Woodstock today.

The residents say all they know about the case is what they read in the news.

Police have said their investigation was launched in late September.

Wettlaufer was first arrested in October, on eight counts of first-degree murder. She will be back in court February 15, by video.