A former nurse serving a life sentence for murder went on trial on charges that he killed a further 100 patients at two hospitals in Germany.
Niels Hoegel, 41, told a court in the northwestern city of Oldenburg that the charges against him were largely accurate. The trial began with a minute of silence for the patients.
The murder charges stem from Hoegel’s time at a hospital in Oldenburg between 1999 and 2002 and at another hospital in nearby Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005. The alleged victims were between 34 and 96 years old.
Hoegel was convicted in 2015 of two murders and two attempted murders. During that trial, he said he intentionally brought about cardiac crises in some 90 patients in Delmenhorst because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them. He later told investigators he also killed patients in Oldenburg.
Authorities subsequently investigated hundreds of deaths, exhuming bodies of former patients.