German serial killer nurse accused of killing 97 more victims

German nurse allegedly kills 103 patient out of boredom

Niels Hoegel is already serving a life sentence for killing two intensive care patients at a hospital in the north of Germany.

Hoegel killed his patients by administering overdoses of heart medication.

The third trial of Niels Hoegel, 41, is expected to start later this year, a court spokesman in the northern city of Oldenburg said.

In total, 134 bodies were exhumed from nearly 70 cemeteries.

He said he had intentionally brought about cardiac distress in 90 patients at one facility where he had worked, and had killed people at another.

Hoegel was convicted in 2015 of two murders and two attempted murders in Delmenhorst and was given a life sentence.

62 of these murders allegedly happened while he worked as a nurse in Delmenhorst between 2003 and 2005 while the remainder occurred during his employment in Oldenburg between 1999 and 2002.

Germany does not allow consecutive sentences, but, if found guilty, the new charges could affect Hoegel's chance of parole in the future.

In three additional cases investigators deemed suspicious, tests didn't produce enough evidence to add them to the charge sheet. In general, people serving life sentences are considered for parole after 15 years.

Koziolek said that a "variety of drugs" were used in the killings.

Police questioned Hoegel six times to get to the bottom of the latest charges which also involved the exhumation of 134 bodies from 67 different cemeteries.

"In all cases (Mr Hoegel) at least accepted the death of the patients as a result of the effect of the drugs", German prosecutors said in a statement.

Oldenburg police chief Johann Kuehme speaks about the current investigations into the former nurse Niels Hoegel in Oldenburg, Germany, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.

Police believe Hoegel killed his first victim in early 2000 and then moved from hospital to hospital, managing to hide his killing spree with seeming ease. They added that authorities are already pursuing criminal charges against various hospital staff and administrators.

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