Closings Scheduled in Las Vegas Hepatitis C Trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas murder and patient neglect trial is coming to a close for a former physician-owner and an employee of clinics at the center of a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak.

Closing arguments are scheduled Thursday after seven weeks of testimony and more than 70 witnesses.

After that, it'll be up to a jury to decide the fate of former endoscopy center owner Dipak Desai (DEE'-pahk deh-SEYE') and nurse anesthetist Ronald Lakeman.

The two men area accused of putting profits over patient safety so much that seven people became infected with incurable liver disease at Desai clinics in Las Vegas.

The murder charge stems from the death of one patient, 77-year-old Rodolfo Meana.

Jurors have been told Meana died last year after contracting hepatitis C during a colonoscopy in 2007.

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