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 am

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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.

Vaught speaks

RaDonda Vaught apologizes to the family of Charlene Murphey during her sentencing in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Vaught took to the podium Friday, the first time she had spoken i court during the case.

But before delivering prepared remarks, she spoke directly to the victim’s family.

“Saying I’m sorry doesn’t seem like enough but you deserve to hear that and know that I am very sorry for what happened,” Vaught told Rhonda, Chandra and Michael Murphey, who sat quietly and nodded along.

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