| 19 January 2010
Things that Just Don't Make Sense
There are so many things about this trial that just don't make sense. In this article we explore those issues. This page is a work in progress, and at times it may seem a lot like we are ranting. We are just so angry and sad about what happened and we desperately want someone - anyone - to listen and see the great injustice that was done.
Joy was convicted of third degree murder on January 15, 2010. The conviction was a shock to so many involved. Joy was a nurse who worked in home care. She was called to sit for a boy who had cerebral palsy. The boy's mother and father were home, and the mother asked Joy to stay in a separate room and specifically asked not to disturb the boy. Joy did as she was told, and she stayed in another room, working on a church project on her computer.
In the morning, when Joy went to check on her patient, he was not responsive. Joy was devastated - he was her patient!
As the investigation progressed, it was determined that the boy died as a result of morphine in his system. Joy was not charged until almost six years later after this young boy died. SIX YEARS!
The prosecution's theory of the case was that Joy was so intent on getting her church project done, that she either killed the child or she slipped him some morphine so that he would not wake up and disturb her. Yes. That really was their case. Joy had never met this child before, did not have any connection to him or his family. The regular duty nurse had apparently been let go by the family and this was Joy's first night. Joy told the police that she was tired and really did not want to work that evening, but the nursing agency begged her to take the job - and so she did.
The police latched on to the fact that Joy had other patients who used morphine - even though there was no evidence whatsoever that any of those patients had missing morphine.
The police latched on to the fact that Joy helped clean up the room after the boy was removed, and therefore "threw out" used medical supplies like the feeding tube and that she must have done that because she was hiding something.
The prosecution's entire case was that Joy must have been such a heartless, cruel person that she would rather finish her CHURCH project and wanted to do that so badly that she would risk a child's death. Except that the child was already on a sedative and that if Joy wanted to, she could have just given him an additional sedative - there was not reason to give him morphine.
That is the prosecution's case. That is IT. THAT IS IT. It sounds ridiculous because it IS ridiculous! And they charged her with First and Second degree murder too. If she had been convicted of either of those, it would be a mandatory life sentence. Mandatory LIFE sentence.
Joy spent over $100,000 defending this charge. Joy lost her house, her husband, her retirement, her savings, and to a certain extent her children because she won't be able to spent at least the next five years with them, and possibly much, much longer. Even if her conviction is overturned, it will take at least 2 to 3 years to get a decision. Joy will sit in jail that entire time.
If you want to read more about Joy's case, please search the Lancaster Independent Press (search "Joy O'Shea Woomer" in the search box).