Grand Jury Indicts Desai, Nurses on Murder Charge

LAS VEGAS – Dr. Dipak Desai and the two nurse anesthetists charged in the 2007 hepatitis C outbreak case have been indicted for second-degree murder by a Clark County grand jury.

The nurses, Ronald Lakeman and Keith Mathahs, rejected plea deals Thursday that prosecutors had offered.

The grand jury's indictment issued Friday is in addition to other felony charges of neglect, racketeering and insurance fraud the men are facing.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson was not available for comment, but a member of his staff said the office is looking forward to getting the cases before juries.

The murder charge follows the death of Rodolfo T. Meana, 77, who died from complications of hepatitis C that he allegedly contracted while a patient at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, where the two nurses worked.

The indictment accuses the men of using medical instruments, supplies and drugs that were contaminated with the hepatitis C virus on Meana.

The endoscopy clinic was owned by Desai, who is at the center of the hepatitis C scandal.

 


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