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Closing Arguments In Desai Case

Hepatitis-C Second Degree Murder Trial
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Neither the former owner of clinics blamed for a 2007 Las Vegas hepatitis C outbreak nor a former employee took the witness stand before the defense rested in their state trial on criminal charges that could get them decades in prison if they’re convicted.

Closing arguments are under way today after more than seven weeks of testimony by 70-plus witnesses in the trial of former Dr. Dipak Desai and former nurse anesthetist Ronald Lakeman.

The jury will be asked to decide whether 63-year-old Desai and 66-year-old Lakeman are guilty of charges including second-degree murder, criminal neglect of patients and insurance fraud.

The case stems from allegations that seven people became infected with hepatitis C at Desai’s now-closed Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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