(Las Vegas, NV) — Jury selection begins Monday in the criminal trial for the doctor and a nurse at the heart of a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak in Las Vegas.
Dr. Dipak Desai is accused of reusing vials of medicine on multiple patients during endoscopy procedures at his Las Vegas clinic. One person died and seven others were infected.
The 63-year-old Desai and 65-year-old nurse anesthetist Ronald Lakeman have pleaded not guilty in state court to charges including murder, fraud and criminal neglect of patients.
The trial gets underway after years of delay. Desai’s attorneys have claimed he suffered strokes which affected his ability to help them with his defense.
Prosecutors and expert witnesses convinced Judge Valerie Adair the claims were exaggerated.
The trial is expected to last 4 to 6 weeks.