Ill. EMS employees face murder charges over patient's death
The Springfield patient, who may have been experiencing hallucinations, was placed face-down on a stretcher and restrained
Body camera footage has been released in the case of two Illinois EMTs charged with first-degree murder following the death of a 35-year-old patient in their care.
This is not the first high-profile case of charges filed against EMS providers in recent years. In “Malpractice or murder: When do EMS providers cross the line from negligence to crime?”, Page, Wolfberg & Wirth attorneys Doug Wolfberg, Esq., and Steve Wirth, Esq., break down the facts of the case and the important lessons to be learned for EMS professionals nationwide, and explain why bodycam footage carries substantial weight in determining criminal charges. The two also discuss how a guilty verdict comes down to a “guilty state of mind.”
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By Leila Merrill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Two Lifestar EMS employees, Peter Cadigan and Peggy Finley, are facing first-degree murder charges, WICS reported.
The Sangamon County State's Attorney, Dan Wright, said that Earl L. Moore Jr., 35, died in their care in December.
On Dec. 18, police officers arrived at Wright’s home, NPR Illinois reported. They called for EMS.
The patient, who may have been experiencing hallucinations, was placed face-down on a stretcher and restrained across his back and lower body. The coroner’s report said that Wright’s cause of death was compression and positional asphyxia.
He was pronounced dead at a HSHS St. John's.
Both Cardigan and Finley are being held in the Sangamon County Jail on a $1 million bond.