November 23, 2014
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.