Doctor’s lawyer: Murder case simple, about end-of-life care

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FILE – In this June 5, 2019 file photo former critical care doctor William Husel, center, pleads not guilty to murder charges while appearing with defense attorney Richard Blake, right, in Franklin County Court in Columbus, Ohio. This week marks a year since an Ohio hospital system announced a doctor ordered excessive painkillers for dozens of patients who then died. William Husel pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of 25 patients in the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The lawyer for an Ohio doctor charged with murder in the deaths of 25 patients calls it “a very simple case” about hospital employees caring for people who were on life support and already facing imminent death.

Prosecutors say William Husel ordered that those patients receive the powerful painkiller fentanyl in doses so large that it points to an intent to end their lives.

Husel has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial in June.

After a hearing Friday on pretrial issues, attorney Jose Baez said the defense team is working to meet that date and doesn’t intend to prolong the case.

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