Jury Selection Progressing in Hep-C Case

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys are getting close to seating a jury for the criminal trial of a former endoscopy clinic owner and an employee accused of causing a 2007 Las Vegas hepatitis C outbreak.

Questioning of prospective jurors continues Wednesday after resuming Friday. That's the day a Nevada Supreme Court panel decided not to stop proceedings.

Lawyers for Dr. Dipak Desai (DEE'-pahk deh-SEYE') say he's too incapacitated by strokes to assist in his defense.

Prosecutors allege that Desai is exaggerating his ailments.

Desai and former nurse-anesthetist Ronald Lakeman have pleaded not guilty to charges including murder, fraud and criminal neglect of patients.

Health officials determined nine people contracted incurable hepatitis C in 2007 at a Desai clinic. One later died.

Once trial starts, it is expected to take several weeks.

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