Medical examiner considers 12 nursing home deaths homicides

The Hollywood Police Department announced Wednesday they were investigating 12 homicides related to the lack of air conditioning at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after Hurricane Irma.

Authorities reported 14 patients died, but after close examination the Broward County Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Craig Mallak, determined not all of them were caused by environmental heat exposure. 

The report listed the 12 victims as Carolin Eatherly, Gail Nova, Estella Hendricks, Bobby Owens, Miguel Franco, Manuel Mendieta, Albertina Vega, Betty Hibbard, Carlos Canal, Martha Murray, Dolores Biamonte and Cecilia Franco. 

Mallak excluded Alice Thomas and Francesca Andrade from the list of  homicide victims. 

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