On Wednesday, an Ohio critical-care doctor was arrested and charged with murder in the deaths of 25 hospital patients who authorities say were deliberately given overdoses of painkillers.
Dr. William Husel was fired from the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System in December and stripped of his medical license after the allegations came to light. He turned himself in for an arraignment on 25 counts of murder. A lawyer for Husel has said he didn’t intend to kill patients.
Mount Carmel Health System found Husel ordered potentially fatal drug doses for 29 patients over several years, including five who may have been given that pain medication when there still was a chance to improve their conditions with treatment. Many of the deceased patients were seriously ill.
Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien said other medical staff who were interviewed were treated as witnesses, and he doesn’t anticipate anyone else will be charged.