Doctor in murder case gets 2 new lawyers, June trial date


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio doctor charged with 25 counts of murder is now scheduled for trial next June and has two new lawyers, including one known for successfully defending high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony and Aaron Hernandez.

That lawyer, Florida-based Jose Baez, calls the charges against William Husel (HYOO’-suhl) “somewhat baffling.” Baez wouldn’t comment on defense strategy after a hearing Wednesday where some court dates were reset.

The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System found Husel ordered excessive painkillers for dozens of hospital patients who died.

He pleaded not guilty . His previous attorney said the 43-year-old doctor was providing comfort care for dying patients, not trying to kill them.

He’s now represented by Baez and Columbus lawyer Diane Menashe.

Mount Carmel has reached settlements totaling $13.5 million in lawsuits related to Husel.