Lancaster nurse appeals conviction for murder of disabled boy in her care

(Pennlive) A former central Pennsylvania nurse convicted of giving an 11-year-old cerebral palsy patient a lethal dose of morphine says she was barred from presenting testimony she says would have vindicated her.

Fifty-three-year-old Joy Woomer of Lancaster was convicted of third-degree murder in the 2002 death of Brent Weaver and sentenced to 7 to 20 years in 2010. She denied having given medication to the boy.

The (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era says Woomer testified at an appeal hearing Friday that her trial attorneys had limited her testimony.

On cross-examination, prosecutors pointed out that she did testify in part on the matters at issue. Her defense attorneys said their trial strategy was to present her as a competent nurse who wouldn’t have made a mistake that led to the boy’s death.