Closing arguments in William Husel trial delayed until Wednesday
Attorneys will get an extra day to finish closing arguments in the murder trial of former Mount Carmel doctor William Husel.
Those arguments are now scheduled for Wednesday. An assistant for the Judge Michael Holbrook, who is hearing the case said they're "still working through a couple of issues."
Husel's accused of killing 14 patients with painkiller doses he prescribed to patients.
The defense rested last week after calling just one witness, Dr. Joel Zivot, an anesthesiologist and intensive care specialist at Emory University in Atlanta. Zivot spoke at length about the use of opioids to treat pain in dying patients and why there is no maximum dose.
Prosecutors spent several weeks calling several witnesses, including family members of people who died.
His attorneys have argued the doses were reasonable for end-of-life patients with high tolerances to opioids.
Husel was originally indicted on 25 counts of murder, but that was reduced to 14 after the prosecution dismissed 11 of the charges following a December hearing in which Husel’s attorneys honed in on the standard that prosecutors used to decide when fentanyl doses became lethal.
The doctor was fired in December 2018 after the hospital received three formal complaints.