Judge grants Husel’s request for trip to Florida to confer with his attorney

John Futty The Columbus Dispatch

Mar 6, 2020 at 6:20 PM

Dr. William S. Husel, free on bond while awaiting trial on charges of murdering 25 intensive-care patients, will travel from Columbus to Florida to spend the next week consulting with his Miami-based defense attorney.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Holbrook on Friday granted Husel’s motion to make the trip, but not for the 11 days that the defendant was seeking.

“The court is not convinced that the 11 days requested are necessary, and finds a week to be an adequate amount of time,” Holbrook wrote.

The entry allows Husel, who lives in Dublin, to leave Saturday for Miami and return no later than March 15.

In granting the request, Holbrook found that Husel’s ties to Franklin County and the $1 million bond he posted in June “are sufficient to show that the defendant is not a flight risk.”Husel will be consulting with Jose Baez, a high-profile lawyer he hired in August. Baez is best known for winning an acquittal for Casey Anthony on charges that she murdered her 2-year-old daughter in Florida.Husel was indicted in June, accused of purposely killing 25 intensive-care patients in the Mount Carmel Health System by ordering lethal doses of painkillers.The deaths occurred between February 2015 and November 2018 while Husel was an intensive care unit doctor for Mount Carmel. All but one of the counts involve patients who died at the now-closed Mount Carmel West hospital in Franklinton. The other person died at Mount […]

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