Judge Rules On Desai Competency Hearing

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(Las Vegas, NV) — A second competency hearing has been rejected for the doctor at the center of the valley’s hepatitis C outbreak.

District Judge Valerie Adair turned down the request by attorneys for Dipak Desai.

Prosecutor Mike Staudaher argued that Desai was trying to deceive the court into believing two strokes have left him unable to assist his defense team with the case. Staudaher says Desai is “crazy like a fox” and is “competent” to stand trial.

A six month evaluation in 2011 found Deasi was exaggerating the effects of the strokes.

Desai and one of his nurses face an April trial on second-degree murder and other charges. A second nurse pleaded guilty last month and agreed to testify for the prosecution.

Health officials say seven people were infected at Desai’s now-closed clinics in 2007. One patient died last year.

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