Michi­gan’s med­i­cal chief to stand trial over Flint wa­ter

The Hamilton Spectator - - Canada & World - DAVID EG­GERT

LANS­ING, MICH. — Michi­gan’s chief med­i­cal ex­ec­u­tive will stand trial on in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter and other charges in a crim­i­nal probe over the Flint wa­ter cri­sis, a judge ruled Fri­day, mak­ing Dr. Eden Wells the sec­ond mem­ber of Gov. Rick Sny­der’s cab­i­net to go be­fore a jury.

Wells is among six cur­rent or for­mer of­fi­cials fac­ing in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter charges in con­nec­tion to an out­break of Le­gion­naires’ dis­ease in the Flint area in 2014 and 2015. Wells is now the sec­ond high-rank­ing state of­fi­cial, along with Health and Hu­man Ser­vices di­rec­tor Nick Lyon, to be or­dered to trial.

Wells is ac­cused of fail­ing to alert the pub­lic of the spike in Le­gion­naires’ cases in a timely man­ner and caus­ing the death of 85-year-old John Sny­der, learned of the trial de­ci­sion from Judge Wil­liam Craw­ford II. The 55-yearold from Ann Ar­bor also faces charges of ob­struct­ing jus­tice, ly­ing to an in­ves­ti­ga­tor and com­mit­ting mis­con­duct in of­fice.

She de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

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