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San Diego nurse acquitted of involuntary manslaughter

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Achieving a not-guilty verdict for a client facing serious charges is a significant victory, not just for the individual involved but also for the justice system’s integrity.

Alicia C. Freeze recently showcased her legal expertise in a highly publicized case. She defended her client, a nurse at the Las Colinas Detention Facility, from involuntary manslaughter charges in connection to the 2019 death of an inmate.

Involuntary manslaughter

Involuntary manslaughter is the unintentional killing of a person due to reckless or negligent behavior. It differs from voluntary manslaughter, which involves an intent to harm but not necessarily to kill. Involuntary manslaughter can happen in many contexts. Often, these cases involve a lack of care or disregard for the safety of others.

Nurses and other healthcare workers may face charges of involuntary manslaughter. This happens when a patient dies due to alleged negligence or recklessness. These cases hinge on proving that the medical professional broke the accepted standards in a way that a reasonable healthcare provider would not. The prosecution must demonstrate that this breach of duty led to an unintended death.

Las Colinas case

The Las Colinas Detention Facility case revolved around the unfortunate death of an inmate who suffered complications from substance abuse while in custody. Seizures and an early extrauterine pregnancy likely contributed to the young woman’s death.

The prosecution alleged that the detention facility nurse, along with a physician colleague, failed to provide adequate care. However, Alicia C. Freeze successfully argued that her client followed standard procedures. After more than three weeks of intense trial proceedings, the jury found the nurse not guilty.

This case exemplifies the critical role defense strategies play in ensuring fairness and justice. With the right representation, individuals can navigate tough legal challenges and the judicial process can stay fair.