DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

July 4, 2013

Fatal overdose case ends with drug charge

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
jmackenzie@derrynews.com

---- — DERRY — A registered nurse who last year admitted to giving her brother-in-law a lethal dose of insulin, last week pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug possession.

Catherine George, 49, of Derry also permanently surrendered her registered nursing license as part of the negotiated plea deal.

George went to Derry police last fall and said she had administered 300 units of insulin to Randall Percival five days earlier, on Oct. 9, 2012. Percival, a Raymond resident, was in the end stage of his battle with cancer.

By the time George went to police, Percival’s remains had been cremated, meaning there could be no autopsy and there was no physical evidence.

Percival’s cause of death was listed as metastatic cholangiocarcinoma.

“The state did not have proof beyond a reasonable doubt to prosecute a charge against Ms. George for her role in Mr. Percival’s death,” Attorney General Joseph Foster said in a press release yesterday.

George’s nursing license had been suspended by the state Board of Nursing since Oct. 23. She agreed to its permanent surrender. She had been licensed since 1994.

She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but that sentence was suspended for two years on the condition of good behavior.

George worked at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester at the time of the incident. She told police she had accidentally brought the insulin home from work and forgotten to return it.

She told police she didn’t want Percival, 55 at the time of his death, to suffer any longer.