COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A jury on Wednesday acquitted an Ohio doctor in the deaths of multiple hospital patients.
Dr. William Husel was accused of ordering excessive painkillers for 14 patients in the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System.
He was indicted in cases involving at least 500 micrograms of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.
Prosecutors said ordering such dosages for a nonsurgical situation indicated an intent to end lives.
Husel’s attorneys argued during a weekslong trial that Husel was only practicing comfort care for his patients.
Husel would have faced a sentence of life in prison with parole eligibility in 15 years had he been convicted of a single count of murder.