Dead Man's Deposition Played in Hep-C Trial

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jurors in the Las Vegas trial of a former physician and a clinic employee viewed a dead man's videotaped account of suffering with hepatitis C that prosecutors say killed him after he became infected during an outpatient colonoscopy procedure in 2007.

Rodolfo Meana died in April 2012 in the Philippines at age 77. That was less than six weeks after he was recorded talking about his skin turning yellow after contracting the incurable liver disease in 2007, and his health failing as he spoke.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Meana's deposition was played Wednesday in the trial of former clinic owner Dr. Dipak Desai and former nurse anesthetist Ronald Lakeman.

They're accused of murder in Meana's death, plus criminal neglect, reckless disregard, theft and insurance fraud.

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