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Man convicted in 2009 Carthage nursing home shooting files lawsuit

Posted April 20, 2015 11:00 p.m. EDT
Updated April 20, 2015 11:25 p.m. EDT

— Robert Stewart, who was convicted of killing eight people inside a Carthage nursing home in 2009, recently filed a lawsuit against the Moore County Sheriff’s Office and First Health of the Carolinas claiming he was denied medical treatment and that his test results were destroyed.

In the handwritten suit, Stewart claims hospital staff told deputies they wouldn’t treat him due to his – at the time – alleged crime. Stewart also claims tests taken after he arrived at the hospital showed high levels of prescription drugs in his blood, but those results were destroyed by deputies and hospital staff.

At his trial, Stewart's lawyer said his client couldn't remember the shooting due to the medicines.

Stewart went to the Pinelake Health and Rehab Center to shoot his estranged wife, who worked at the clinic. Instead, he shot patients and employees while roaming the halls.

The rampage stopped when he was shot by a police officer.

Stewart was sentenced to 141 to 179 years in 2011.

Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey and hospital officials said they have not received the lawsuit and were unable to comment.