The man believed to have shot and killed two nurses at the Dallas Methodist Medical Center in North Oak Cliff was indicted on charges of capital murder on December 8 by a Dallas County jury, reported WFAA.
Nestor Hernandez, 30, is accused of murdering Jacqueline Pokuaa and Annette Flowers on October 22, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.
Hernandez’s girlfriend had given birth at Methodist shortly before the shooting incident. Police allege that Hernandez entered his girlfriend’s room and hit her with a pistol multiple times while the newborn baby was nearby.
Pokuaa, a nurse, is believed to have entered the room to care for the patient when Hernandez allegedly shot and killed her.
Upon hearing the gunshot, Methodist Police Sergeant Robert Rangel and Flowers, a nurse on the floor, approached the room to investigate what had happened.
Sgt. Rangel’s body cam video, released by the Dallas Police Department last month, appeared to show them trying to look into Hernandez’s girlfriend’s room where the shooting had taken place.
The pair were allegedly shot at by Hernandez, with Flowers sustaining fatal injuries.
Sgt. Rangel fired a shot at Hernandez, which hit him in the leg as he reloaded.
The suspect can be heard in the video yelling, “Give me the baby! Give me the baby!” A woman can also be heard begging the police not to kill him toward the end of the video.
Hernandez reportedly barricaded himself in the hospital room with his girlfriend and their newborn baby while authorities attempted to convince him to surrender peacefully.
After a 10-minute standoff, Hernandez surrendered to police.
The newborn was uninjured, according to the authorities.
Hernandez was already on parole for violent aggravated robbery. He had allegedly violated his parole twice before the shooting, including one incident in which he reportedly cut off his ankle monitor.
Nevertheless, he was released after spending 100 days in custody by order of the state parole board, according to WFAA. The paroled status of the suspect and his parole violations leading up to the shooting incident at Methodist have sparked controversy, as The Dallas Express has previously reported.
Hernandez is currently held on a bond of $3 million in Dallas County jail.