Ex-Claremore physician assistant indicted for murder, caretaker neglect in 2012 patient deaths

CLAREMORE, Okla. - A former Claremore physician assistant accused of involvement in the death of two patients has been formally indicted.

Documents released Monday allege 60-year-old Kenneth Adams "knowingly and intentionally" neglected to properly care for Peter "Jay" Minter and Louis Arterberry, behavior the state believes directly caused their deaths.

The accusations date back to March and May of 2012, when Adams was employed with the Claremore Veterans Center. Arterberry, who lived at the facility, began exhibiting signs of a stroke March 28, 2012.

According to the documents, Adams ignored Arterberry's failing vitals "in an effort to arrange a sexual liaison." Arterberry died a week later.

Adams is also accused of ignoring the life-threatening injuries of Minter, who had "thermal burns covering in excess of fifty percent of his body."

The physician assistant "allowed [Minter] to languish without proper care until he succumbed to death," the state alleges. Adams then reported the man died with only minor burns, thus halting further investigation.

The indictment does not state the motivations of Adam's alleged action against Minter.

Adams is charged with two felony counts of second-degree felony murder or in the alternative manslaughter in the second degree, two counts of caretaker neglect and one misdemeanor count of failing to initiate a medicolegal investigation by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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