Jury Asked to Convict Two in Hepatitis-C Trial

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A prosecutor told a Nevada state court jury that a former physician and a clinic employee are guilty of causing the infections of people during a Las Vegas hepatitis C outbreak in 2007, including one who later died.

Closing arguments began Thursday after seven weeks of trial in Las Vegas.

Prosecutor Pamela Weckerly asked jurors to hold former endoscopy center owner Dipak Desai and nurse anesthetist Ronald Lakeman criminally responsible for the "laziness, sloppiness and arrogance" that led to unsafe injection practices at Desai clinics in Las Vegas.

Desai and Lakeman are accused of murder, patient neglect, insurance fraud and other charges that could put them in prison for the rest of their lives.

Desai defense lawyer Richard Wright is telling the jury the state hasn't proved its case.


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