Prosecutors: German nurse had at least 43 overdose victims

In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 photo, the body of a brain-dead potential organ donor lies covered on a bed at Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis. Removing organs at a central location near hospitals that do transplants has allowed organs to spend far less time outside the body, which gives a wider window of transplant opportunity and should improve the odds of success. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)
In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 photo, the body of a brain-dead potential organ donor lies covered on a bed at Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis. Removing organs at a central location near hospitals that do transplants has allowed organs to spend far less time outside the body, which gives a wider window of transplant opportunity and should improve the odds of success. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say a nurse who was convicted of killing patients with overdoses of heart medication had at least 43 victims.

Niels Hoegel was found guilty last year of two murders, two attempted murders and one count of serious bodily harm at a clinic in the northern town of Delmenhorst.

The crimes came to light in 2008 after Hoegel was convicted of attempted murder in another case. Authorities subsequently investigated hundreds of deaths.

Prosecutors said Friday that Hoegel likely committed at least 37 homicides in Delmenhorst and an additional six in nearby Oldenburg.

Oldenburg prosecutors say they have indicted six former staff members at the Delmenhorst clinic who failed to report concerns about suspicious patient deaths. They face up to 15 years in prison, if convicted of negligent manslaughter.

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