Saldivar, who was being held Wednesday without bail, was arrested
Tuesday morning as he drove to work from his Tujunga home. Prosecutors
filed six murder charges against him Wednesday morning that carries two
special circumstances -- murder by poisoning and multiple murder -- that
make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
Police focused on six patients after researchers at Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory found the drug Pavulon in their systems. Five of the
patients did not receive any Pavulon, a muscle relaxant commonly used
before surgery to stop normal breathing and begin artificial means like
ventilators, during their legitimate medical treatment, prosecutors said.
"To this day, we have no idea how or where Saldivar may have obtained
the drugs he claimed he used," Newmyer said.
During his alleged confession, Saldivar said he injected Pavulon and
succinylcholine into patients to stop their breathing, officials said.
The drug Versed, a sedative, was recently found during a search of
Saldivar's home, officials said. Because of that discovery, Saldivar was
also charged with receiving stolen property.
* Jose Alfaro, 82 -- admitted on Jan. 2, 1997 and died two days later.
* Salbi Asatryan, 75 -- admitted on Dec. 27, 1996 and died three days
* Myrtle Brower, 84 -- admitted Aug. 18, 1997 and died 10 days later.
* Balbino Castro, 87 -- admitted Aug. 6, 1997 and died nine days
* Luina Schidlowski, 87 -- admitted Jan. 20, 1997 and died two days
* Eleanora Schlegel, 77 -- admitted Dec. 30, 1996 and died three days