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Job credential denied? There’s that little matter of a first-degree murder charge...

Kirsten Alice O’Hara was denied her home aide care credential by the state Department of Health because she was charged with first-degree murder in August.
Kirsten Alice O’Hara was denied her home aide care credential by the state Department of Health because she was charged with first-degree murder in August. rboone@theolympian.com

The state Department of Health regularly releases a list of health care providers whom it has disciplined.

But here’s a unique one: Kirsten Alice O’Hara of Aberdeen has been denied her home care aide credential because she was charged with first-degree murder in Grays Harbor County in August.

O’Hara had applied for the credential in February, according to the state.

O’Hara was charged for her role in the death of Robert Harmon, her 95-year-old neighbor who she is believed to have beaten and stabbed to death in July. During her preliminary court appearance in Grays Harbor County, bail was set at $1 million.

Court documents showed that an argument about checks taken from Harmon turned deadly. After that argument, court documents indicate O’Hara entered the man’s home and killed him with a large flashlight and small knife. Police say she later led investigators to the Bear Gulch area of the Wishkah River just north of Aberdeen and pointed out where she had dumped the weapons and other evidence.

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