The cases of two nurses accused of patient abuse and mishandling pills were continued in Shenandoah County Circuit Court this week.
Candida Hornick, 45, of Timberville, had her cases continued to 9 a.m. on Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. after a joint motion was filed for the continuance. She is facing one felony count of obtaining a drug by false pretenses and two misdemeanor counts of abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult that did not result in serious injury or disease.
Her attorney Aaron Burgin requested the new date be scheduled for a disposition in the cases.
Bryan Layton of the Shenandoah County Commonwealth Attorney’s office said after the appearance that the continuance was to continue discussions on a possible resolution in the cases.
Because the county hasn’t been approved by the state to hold jury trials during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been difficult to determine how that situation factors into a plea deal for Hornick, Layton said.
When asked if an offer has been made in the case, Layton said “not quite.”
Burgin also said the continuance was to continue discussions on a resolution in the case while considering the COVID-19 jury trial restrictions. He declined to say if an offer has been made.
Earlier in the week, Leslie Winner, 34, of Strasburg, had her cases continued to 10 a.m. on Jan. 4 in Shenandoah County General District Court. She is facing two counts of abuse of an incapacitated adult and one count of falsifying patient records, all misdemeanors.
Layton said Monday during Winner’s court appearance that his office had to track down some things down after a judge declined to certify the case to go to a grand jury for lack of probable cause.
Layton said Wednesday he has to reassess the evidence in the case now because the case was not certified. Winner’s attorney, Charles Ramsey, said the continuance was to see if the case is still prosecutable.
According to a criminal complaint in Hornick’s cases, the director of Consulate Nursing Home in Woodstock, where Hornick worked, noticed a discrepancy with a patient’s records and medication cart in October 2018. Hornick could not provide a reason for where the missing pills were.
Two separate complaints state she gave a patient an extra pill of clonazepam above and beyond the prescribed amount in one instance, and then gave a different patient an extra pill of oxycodone above and beyond that prescribed dose in another instance. Both incidents were also in October 2018.
According to a criminal complaint filed with Winner’s charges, Winner allegedly requested two pills of hydrocodone-acetamenaphen for a patient in September 2018. She filled out the medication record and signed it with the initials of another employee not working at the time. The patient was prescribed one pill at each administration. Winner stated in an email she could not remember who witnessed her fill out the medication record, the complaint states.
Another criminal complaint states that Winner gave a patient extra medication above and beyond the prescribed amount. The patient received four pills in a 6-hour period — double the amount prescribed — according to the complaint. Winner gave the same patient extra clonazepam above and beyond the prescribed amount, a separate criminal complaint states. Both incidents were also in October 2018.
A checklist for bail determinations states that Winner worked for DaVita Inc., a dialysis facility in Winchester, at the time of her arrest.