Charges uncertain for Minot nurses accused of stealing drugs

February 27, 2018

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A judge will decide whether charges of endangering a vulnerable adult should move forward against two former North Dakota nurses, who are accused of stealing prescribed drugs for hospice patients.

Attorneys disagree over whether those charges against former Trinity Hospice nurses, Kim Kochel and April Beckler, should stand because of the victims’ ages. Documents show the state alleges the victim was over 60 years old, but a defense attorney notes that changed statute language requires a “vulnerable adult” to be 65 years old or over.

The Minot Daily News reports that an affidavit says the Minot nurses are accused of stealing the drugs between 2012 and 2014. Each woman is charged with endangering a vulnerable adult, property theft and conspiring to steal drugs.

An arraignment is scheduled for March 27.


Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com