HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- Investigators say 44-year-old Angela Almore abused Alzheimer's patients by giving them heavy doses of morphine. One of the patients, 84-year-old Rachel Holliday, died in February. Almore is now charged with second degree murder in her death.
In addition to the murder charge, Almore faces six charges of felony abuse, related to six residents of Britthaven of Chapel Hill, who were hospitalized after authorities say she gave them morphine.
"In the 20 years, almost 21 years I've been here, I don't recall anything like this," said Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall.
Woodall said all indications are that Almore acted alone.
Local and State authorities started investigating the possible abuse after the Alzheimer's patients tested positive for the drug in February.
"The State's position is that the morphine was probably given to make the patients more manageable," Woodall said.
The attorney general's office confirmed that its Medicaid Investigations Unit had been looking into Britthaven's possible involvement in the abuse, but that charges against Almore concluded that investigation.
"At this point, there's nothing to indicate that anyone else was involved,” Woodall said.
The victims' families were not in court Tuesday.
Almore's next court date is set for July 13. She was appointed a public defender and remains behind bars at the Orange County jail under a $500,000 bond.