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Nursing home worker charged

A former nurse at Britthaven charged with one count of second-degree murder and six counts of patient abuse appeared in court Tuesday in Hillsborough.

Angela Almore, 44, of Berwick Valley Lane in Cary, is accused of intentionally causing several patients at Britthaven to ingest morphine. She is being held in the Orange County jail on $500,000 bond.

The charges are the result of work by the Medicaid Investigations unit of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office and Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall, who launched a joint investigation after nine of the 25 patients in an Alzheimer’s wing at the nursing home tested positive for opiates. Six were taken to UNC Hospitals, where Rachel Holliday, an 84-year-old resident at Britthaven, died on Feb. 16. Tests showed Holliday had high levels of morphine in her system.

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