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State doctor must wait for key decision in Flint water case

August 6, 2018
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Dr. Eden Wells listens to closing arguments from special prosecutor Todd Flood during the preliminary examination of Wells on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 at Genesee County District Court in Flint, Mich. Wells is Michigan's chief medical executive. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge has heard closing arguments, but it still could take weeks before Michigan’s chief medical executive learns if she’ll face trial in a Flint water case.

A special prosecutor wants Dr. Eden Wells to stand trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of a man who had Legionnaires’ disease. She’s also charged with obstruction of justice and lying to police.

Judge William Crawford must decide if there’s enough evidence, a low legal standard at this stage. She denies the allegations.

Prosecutor Todd Flood wrapped up his case Monday, saying Wells should have done more to inform the public about a Legionnaires’ outbreak in the Flint area in 2014 and 2015. Some experts have linked it to a change in Flint’s water.

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