The Latest: Hospital offers cooperation after doctor charged

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a doctor charged with murder in the overdose deaths of 25 patients (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

An Ohio hospital system is pledging continued cooperation with authorities after a critical-care doctor was charged with 25 counts of murders in the overdose deaths of patients.

Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health System says it appreciates Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien’s ongoing commitment to justice in the case.

Ron O’Brien announced the charges against now-fired Dr. William Husel (HYOO’-suhl) Wednesday.

A lawyer for Husel has said he didn’t intend to kill patients. Messages seeking comment were left for that attorney

Mount Carmel says it has made and will continue to make “meaningful changes” to ensure such events never happen again.

The hospital system says officials’ “thoughts and prayers” continue to be with families of patients affected by Husel’s actions.

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11:15 a.m.

A critical care doctor who is already accused of ordering painkiller overdoses for dozens of Ohio hospital patients has been charged with murder in 25 patient deaths.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced the charges against now-fired Dr. William Husel (HYOO’-suhl) Wednesday.

O’Brien says Husel turned himself in Wednesday morning and will be arraigned later in the day.

A lawyer for Husel has said he didn’t intend to kill patients. Messages seeking comment were left for that attorney.

The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System found Husel ordered potentially fatal drug doses for 29 patients over several years. He was fired in December.

More than two dozen wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the doctor and the hospital system.

Mount Carmel has publicly apologized and already settled some of the civil cases for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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