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Former UHD nurse to stand trial

By Staff | Jun 21, 2009

A judge has ruled that a former United Hospital District nurse charged with stealing morphine while employed there will stand trial.

Officials in the Faribault County Court Administrator’s Office say three days are being set aside for the trial but no dates have been scheduled yet.

Theresa Lynn Polzin, 29, of Blue Earth faces five counts of theft of morphine and has pleaded innocent.

In April, Polzin’s attorney Daniel Birkholz argued in court the charges should be dismissed for lack of probable cause.

Birkholz contends there’s no evidence showing his client took unused morphine checked out during ambulance transfers.

On five different occasions, Polzin allegedly did not follow the hospital’s policy documenting use and disposal of ‘waste’ morphine.

In what usually takes several weeks, it took Judge Robert Walker only five days to issue a decision and deny the defense’s request for dismissal.

For more of this story, see this week’s Register.