LAS VEGAS — After seven weeks of testimony, a jury in Las Vegas is
due to begin deliberating Friday whether a former endoscopy clinic owner
and his former employee are guilty of murder, patient neglect,
insurance fraud and other criminal charges in a 2007 hepatitis C
outbreak described as one of the largest ever in the U.S.
A prosecutor, David Staudaher, ended 11 hours of
closing arguments by both sides Thursday telling the jury of seven
women, five men and five alternates that former Dr. Dipak Desai and
nurse anesthetist Ronald Lakeman recklessly and negligently put patients
at risk with the reuse of syringes and vials of the general anesthetic
propofol during procedures at a Desai clinic.
“It all comes down to trust,” Staudaher said, accusing
the clinic owner and the employee of disregarding the risk to patients
in order to save money.