- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 2002
See how a rash of deaths in California hospitals led to a controversial death sentence for a nurse.
In the Spring of 1981 people were dying at an alarming rate at a small hospital near Los Angeles. In six weeks, 24 people died in the intensive care unit at the Community Hospital of the Valleys in Perris.
Investigators soon detected two patterns in the deaths--the majority of the victims suffered seizures and turned blue before they died, and the nurse on duty was the same in many cases. Investigators focused on the nurse, Robert Rubane Diaz, who had come to the hospital from Indiana two years before. When it was determined that many of the deaths were due to an overdose of the heart-regulating drug lidocaine--and that Diaz had syringes and lidocaine at his home--he was arrested. LETHAL INJECTION chronicles the many strange turns the case has taken since. Diaz waived his right to a jury trial, and his defense only called 12 witnesses to the state's 70-plus. In addition, medical studies suggesting that lidocaine very likely was not the main factor in the deaths was ignored. Today, Diaz is on death row and has exhausted all his appeals, though a ray of hope remains.
Filled with interviews with those closest to the case, including the coroner, former public defender and Diaz' current lawyer, this is an in-depth look at one of the most unusual cases in the annals of AMERICAN JUSTICE®.