Doctor charged with murder sues over coverage of legal costs

The Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio doctor charged with murder in the deaths of 25 hospital patients is suing his former employer’s parent company for not covering the costs of his legal defense in the criminal case as it has in dozens of related civil cases.

William Husel’s (HYOO’-suhlz) federal lawsuit argues his professional liability insurance should cover the defense expenses. His complaint says if Trinity Health Corporation’s insurer won’t advance his legal costs, it hurts his ability to defend himself .

Fired doctor William Husel, center, sits between his defense lawyers, Diane Menashe and Jose Baez, during a court hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkiller doses for hospital patients and has pleaded not guilty to 25 counts of murder.

The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System found Husel ordered excessive painkillers for dozens of patients over several years.

Husel pleaded not guilty . He argues he was trying to provide proper palliative care to dying patients, not trying to kill them.

Messages seeking comment were left Friday for Livonia, Michigan-based Trinity Health.