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Doctor charged with painkiller murders released on bond

June 7, 2019
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Former Mount Carmel Dr. William Husel arrives at the downtown Columbus Division of Police headquarters where he was charged with 25 counts of murder before being transported to the Franklin County Jail on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Husel is accused of ordering excessive doses of painkillers for 35 patients over a four-year period. (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A critical care doctor charged with murder in 25 patient deaths has been released from jail on bond after two days.

William Husel (HYOO’-suhl) is accused of ordering painkiller overdoses for dozens of Ohio hospital patients, including 25 named in an indictment this week.

Husel has pleaded not guilty and his lawyer says Husel was trying to provide “comfort care” for dying patients and didn’t intend to hasten their deaths, as prosecutors allege.

A judge set bond at $1 million. Husel was arrested Wednesday and records show he left Franklin County Jail on a surety bond Friday.

Such bonds typically require 10% of the total, though records don’t give the amount and the bonding company declined comment.

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