Judge rules caregiver not guilty in death of Betty Rice

Elizabeth Ogle was arrested and charged with murder several months after Betty Rice died and has been sitting in the Sevier County jail since then.

Elizabeth Ogle is greeted by her family after a judge finds her not guilty of murder in connection with the death of Betty Rice

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A judge ruled on Friday that a Sevier Co. caregiver was not guilty of murder in connection with the death of Betty Rice.

Elizabeth Ogle was arrested and charged with murder several months after Rice died and has been sitting in the Sevier County jail since then.

Prosecutors spent Thursday trying to prove Ogle neglected Rice. They provided the medical examiners report to show that Ogle gave Rice a lethal dose of medicine shortly after being willed her caretaker.


Ogle walks out after being found not guilty

But, several expert witnesses from the defense took the stand, disagreeing with the Sevier County Medical Examiner's report that Rice died from the amount of drugs in her system. The medical examiners, who were brought in from all over the country, contended Rice didn't die because of the drugs but because she had cancer and heart problems.

The defense also argued Ogle and Rice had a loving relationship


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