Doctor asks court to dismiss murder indictment in 25 deaths
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lawyers for the Ohio hospital doctor charged with murder in 25 patient deaths accused the prosecutor of misconduct and asked Tuesday that the court dismiss the indictment handed up by a grand jury. Former intensive care doctor William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers for patients who died shortly thereafter in the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System. They also requested a copy of the transcript of the grand jury proceedings, which are generally secret. Mount Carmel also has made changes in its operations and reached related settlements totaling more than $16.7 million over the deaths of at least 17 patients. Husel and some of his former colleagues also filed defamation cases that accuse Mount Carmel of spreading a false narrative about what happened.