COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio doctor charged with 25 counts of murder is set for a hearing Wednesday after seeking to use a new lawyer known for successfully defending high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony and Aaron Hernandez.
Florida-based Jose Baez identified himself as William Husel’s attorney in a filing seeking to be part of the defense despite not practicing law in Ohio.
The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System found Husel ordered excessive painkillers for dozens of hospital patients who died.
He pleaded not guilty. Another defense attorney has said the 43-year-old doctor was providing comfort care for dying patients, not trying to kill them.
In related lawsuits, Mount Carmel has reached settlements totaling $13.5 million .
It also fired 23 nurses, pharmacists and managers after its review. They aren’t being criminally prosecuted.
Husel previously was a supervised resident at the Cleveland Clinic, where his work is under internal investigation. It said a preliminary review found his prescribing practices there were “consistent with appropriate care.”