CLAREMORE, Okla. - A former physician assistant with the Claremore Veterans Center is charged with two counts of second degree felony murder in the death of two patients.
Kenneth A. Adams, 60, Fort Gibson, could be convicted of second degree manslaughter instead of murder.
Adams, a licensed physician assistant, is also charged with two counts of caretaker neglect and one misdemeanor count of failing to initiate a medicolegal investigation by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Prosecutors say that Adams intentionally committed caretaker neglect, which led to the death of Peter “Jay” Minter, 85, after Minter suffered thermal burns that covered more than 50 percent of his body in early May 2012.
In late March 2012, prosecutors say Adams intentionally committed caretaker neglect, which led to the death of Louis Arterberry, 86, after Adams ignored the signs Arterberry was having a stroke.
Charge #5 claims that Adams knowingly provided false and misleading information to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, which resulted in the office declining to perform an investigation into the manner and cause of Minter’s death.
Adams is due in court for an arraignment on Monday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Rogers County District Court.
"Today is the first step in seeking accountability and justice for veterans Mr. Minter and Mr. Arterberry, and we look forward to presenting the case to a jury," Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.