RaDonda Vaught sentencing after trial: Live updates

The case has put a spotlight on how nurses should be held accountable for medical mistakes. 

In March, a Nashville jury convicted RaDonda Vaught, 38, of criminally negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired patient for giving a 75-year-old woman a fatal dose of the wrong medication.

Charlene Murphey died in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s intensive care unit on Dec. 27, 2017, after being injected with the wrong drug.

Murphey was supposed to receive a dose of Versed, a sedative, but was instead injected with vecuronium, which left her unable to breathe, prosecutors have said.

Vaught could receive up to eight years in prison and is due in court this morning at 9 a.m. 

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Meanwhile, nurses from around the nation are rallying to support her and urge the judge not to give her prison time. 

Follow along today for live updates from inside and outside the courtroom. 

Special agent testimony

After three emotional testimonies from Murphey family members, Special Agent Ramona Smith with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation testified about a different case involving Vaught. 

Vaught attempted to purchase a firearm in neighboring Sumner County in August 2020 and lied on a background check that required the purchaser to disclose if the purchaser was facing any indictments. Sumner County prosecutors have brought a perjury case against Vaught, which has not gone to trial yet. 

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