Med­i­cal chief of Michi­gan to stand trial on Flint charges

Hartford Courant - - World & Nation -

LANS­ING, Mich. — Michi­gan’s chief med­i­cal ex­ec­u­tive will stand trial on in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter and other charges in a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion 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 gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials fac­ing in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter charges in con­nec­tion to an out­break of Le­gion­naires’ dis­ease in the Flint area in 2014 and 2015.

Wells is ac­cused of fail­ing to alert the pub­lic of the spike in Le­gion­naires’ cases in a timely man­ner and caus­ing the death of John Sny­der, 85. Wells, 55, also faces charges of ob­struct­ing jus­tice, ly­ing to an in­ves­ti­ga­tor and com­mit­ting mis­con­duct in of­fice. She de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

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