judge to dismiss 11 counts of murder against Ohio doctor | Ohio News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge on Thursday agreed to dismiss 11 of 25 murder charges against an Ohio doctor charged with multiple hospital patient deaths, after prosecutors requested the charges be dropped.

William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers for patients at the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System. He has been charged in cases involving at least 500 micrograms of fentanyl, a powerful painkiller, and is due to stand trial from February 14.

Prosecutors said ordering such doses for a non-surgical situation indicated an intent to end lives. Husel pleaded not guilty and said he provided comfort care to dying patients, not trying to kill them.

After holding a closed hearing to allow family members of the alleged victims to comment on the request, Judge Franklin Michael Holbrook said he would approve the charges being dropped.

The charges were brought in 2019 by another prosecutor. Current prosecutor Gary Tyack told The Dispatch in January 2021 that he favors dismissing some of the counts against Husel and continuing “a small number of cases”.

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Mount Carmel has reached settlements totaling more than $16.7 million for the deaths of at least 17 patients, with other lawsuits pending.

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