A trial date has been set for a former nurse at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington who is charged with murder in the death of a patient at the hospital.
Maria Whitt, 32, of Mount Sterling is scheduled to go to trial May 24 in federal court. The trial is expected to last about two weeks.
The trial date was set Friday during a status hearing. Whitt is accused of killing World War II veteran Jesse Lee Chain, 90, who died of a morphine overdose Sept. 3, 2006, at the VA hospital. Whitt has pleaded not guilty.
Meanwhile, defense and prosecuting attorneys agreed that the conditions of release for Whitt were too harsh. Whitt, who was let out of jail and released to her mother in October, several days after she was arrested, has been under 24-hour house arrest and electronic monitoring.
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U.S. District Judge Karl Forester asked the two sides to come to agreement on the conditions of release.
"She should be subject to some restrictions," assistant U.S. attorney Roger W. West said.