Health

California doctor faces murder trial in 3 men’s drug deaths

FILE - In this March 16, 2012 file photo Dr. Lisa Tseng listens in court during her arraignment in Los Angeles. Attorneys are set to deliver opening statements Monday, Aug. 31, in the trial of Tseng, charged with murder the deaths of three young men who overdosed on prescription pain killers. Tseng has pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree murder. She could face up to life in prison if convicted on all the charges against her. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

FILE – In this March 16, 2012 file photo Dr. Lisa Tseng listens in court during her arraignment in Los Angeles. Attorneys are set to deliver opening statements Monday, Aug. 31, in the trial of Tseng, charged with murder the deaths of three young men who overdosed on prescription pain killers. Tseng has pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree murder. She could face up to life in prison if convicted on all the charges against her. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A prosecutor says even after several patients died of overdoses, the California doctor now charged in their deaths continued to pass out prescriptions for powerful painkillers in appointments that lasted as little as three minutes.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney John Niederman told jurors in opening statements Monday that Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng deserves to be convicted of second-degree murder in the deaths of three of her patients.

Tseng has pleaded not guilty. Her attorney, Tracy Green, says the deaths were not Tseng’s fault.

Tseng is among only a handful of doctors nationwide to be charged with murder related to prescription drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says Tseng wrote more than 27,000 prescriptions over a three-year period starting in January 2007 — an average of 25 a day.

 

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