German killer nurse charged with murdering 97 more patients

BERLIN (Reuters) - German public prosecutors on Monday said they had brought new charges against a killer nurse already serving a life sentence for murdering two patients, accusing him of killing another 97 people with lethal injections.

If found guilty, it would make him Germany's deadliest serial killer.

The man, identified only as Niels H. under reporting rules, has admitted to deliberately injecting patients at two clinics in northern Germany with deadly drugs and then trying to revive them in order to play the hero.

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Former nurse Niels H. (L) masks his face with a folder next to his lawyer Ulrike Baumann on his arrival in the courtroom at the regional court in Oldenburg, December 9, 2014. Niels H. was sentenced in 2008 for three murders and imprisoned and he stands a new trial in Oldenburg as the prosecutor tries to find out if he committed more crimes, local media said. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Former nurse Niels H. (R) masks his face with a folder on his arrival in the courtroom at the regional court in Oldenburg, December 9, 2014. Niels H. was sentenced in 2008 for three murders and imprisoned and he stands a new trial in Oldenburg as the prosecutor tries to find out if he committed more crimes, local media said. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Former nurse Niels H. (L) masks his face with a folder next to his lawyer Ulrike Baumann on his arrival in the courtroom at the regional court in Oldenburg, December 9, 2014. Niels H. was sentenced in 2008 for three murders and imprisoned and he stands a new trial in Oldenburg as the prosecutor tries to find out if he committed more crimes, local media said. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Former nurse Niels H. (L) masks his face with a folder with the help of his lawyer Ulrike Baumann on his arrival in the courtroom at the regional court in Oldenburg, December 9, 2014. Niels H. was sentenced in 2008 for three murders and imprisoned and he stands a new trial in Oldenburg as the prosecutor tries to find out if he committed more crimes, local media said. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Former nurse Niels H. masks his face with a folder on his arrival in the courtroom at the regional court in Oldenburg, December 9, 2014. Niels H. was sentenced in 2008 for three murders and imprisoned and he stands a new trial in Oldenburg as the prosecutor tries to find out if he committed more crimes, local media said. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Former nurse Niels H. masks his face with a folder on his arrival in the courtroom at the regional court in Oldenburg, December 9, 2014. Niels H. was sentenced in 2008 for three murders and imprisoned and he stands a new trial in Oldenburg as the prosecutor tries to find out if he committed more crimes, local media said. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: CRIME LAW)
OLDENBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 27: Niels H. arrives for his trial at court on November 27, 2014 in Oldenburg, Germany. Originally charged with the murder of several patients at a clinic in Delmenhorst, recent doctors' reports indicate that Niels H., who worked at several hospitals, may have murdered over 200 people over a time-period spanning a decade at at least two clinics and during a time when he worked as an emergency rescue worker. (Photo by Markus Hibbeler/Getty Images)
OLDENBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 27: Niels H. arrives for his trial at court on November 27, 2014 in Oldenburg, Germany. Originally charged with the murder of several patients at a clinic in Delmenhorst, recent doctors' reports indicate that Niels H., who worked at several hospitals, may have murdered over 200 people over a time-period spanning a decade at at least two clinics and during a time when he worked as an emergency rescue worker. (Photo by Markus Hibbeler/Getty Images)
Former nurse Niels H. masks his face with a folder on his arrival in the courtroom at the regional court in Oldenburg, December 9, 2014. Niels H. was sentenced in 2008 for three murders and imprisoned and he stands a new trial in Oldenburg as the prosecutor tries to find out if he committed more crimes, local media said. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: CRIME LAW)
German former male nurse Niels H (R) is in the focus of photographers and cameramen as he waits for his trial on February 19, 2015 at court in Oldenburg, northwestern Germany. The 38-year-old man who has said he killed more than 30 hospital patients out of boredom apologised to the victims' relatives. AFP PHOTO / DPA / CARMEN JASPERSEN +++ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read CARMEN JASPERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Prosecutors in the northern German city of Oldenburg said an investigation and toxicology reports showed that the accused also gave 35 people at a clinic in Oldenburg and 62 at one in nearby Delmenhorst life-threatening medicines.

Prosecutors said Niels H. should have been aware that the drugs he was giving his patients could cause ailments ranging from possible cardiac arrhythmia, ventricular fibrillation to hypotension.

"From the prosecutorial point of view, the accused Niels H. accepted, at least tacitly, in all cases the death of the patients due to the effects of the drugs," the prosecutors said in a statement.

The new charges come in addition to two counts of murder for which an Oldenburg court sentenced him to life in prison in 2015.

Ten years ago, a German nurse was convicted of killing 28 elderly patients. He said he gave them lethal injections because he felt sorry for them. He was sentenced to life in prison.

In Britain, Dr. Harold Shipman was believed to have killed as many as 250 people, most of them elderly and middle-aged women who were his patients. Known as Dr. Death, Shipman was sentenced to 15 life terms in 2000; he died prison in 2004, apparently a suicide.

(Reporting By Riham Alkousaa Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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