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Negligent homicide indictments against two Abilene State Supported Living Center workers quashed

Published On: Feb 10 2014 01:13:26 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 11 2014 11:13:25 AM CST
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ABILENE, Texas -

A state district judge on Monday quashed the indictments of two nurses accused of negligent homicide in connection with the 2009 death of an Abilene State Supported Living Center resident.

42nd District Judge John Weeks’ decision came after defense attorney David Thedford made the motion Friday to throw the indictment against his client – 55-year-old Janice Sullivan.

In addition to Sullivan’s indictment being quashed, an indictment against 58-year-old Deborah Ann Gant was also quashed.

Grant and Sullivan faced charges after Abilene State Supported Living Center resident Mario Martinez died in late October 2009. The two were accused of contributing to Martinez’s death after they allegedly didn’t tell other medical personnel of the 22-year-old man’s deteriorating condition.

According to officials associated with the 42nd District Court, the cases against the two women haven’t been dropped or dismissed. The state can go back to the grand jury and seek new indictments.

In quashing the indictments, the judge ruled that, in his opinion, the old indictments needed to be more specific.

The state, in all probability, will seek to re-indict the two, according to an official with the 42nd District Court.

While Sullivan was arrested in August 2012 and Gant in May 2012, the two have denied wrongdoing to the Texas Board of Nursing.