11 Lives Lost Pharmacist’s Trial Scheduled for Michigan Meningitis Deaths

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11 Lives Lost Pharmacist's Trial Scheduled for Michigan Meningitis Deaths
11 Lives Lost Pharmacist's Trial Scheduled for Michigan Meningitis Deaths. Credit | Needpix

United States: A judge listed a fall trial for a druggist indicted of second degree murder for meningitis outbreak deaths of eleven Michigan people connected to alloyed steroids from a Massachusetts lab.

Legal Proceedings Unfold

Judge Matthew McGivney of Livingston County declared that attempts by Glenn Chin and state prosecutors to come to a plea agreement “have been unsuccessful” and scheduled jury selection for November 4.

For deaths connected to the outbreak, only Michigan has filed charges against Chin and Barry Cadden, an executive at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Outbreak Origins

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contaminated steroids supplied to pain clinics caused dozens of deaths and more than 700 cases of fungal meningitis and other crippling illnesses across 20 states.

Investigators found that the lab’s “clean room,” where steroids were manufactured and employees usually donned coveralls and hairnets, was full of cracks, fungi, and insects. Chin oversaw the manufacturing process.

Past Conviction

Following a 2017 trial in Boston, Chin, 56, is currently serving a 10 1/2-year federal sentence for racketeering, fraud, and other offenses related to the outbreak.

He expressed his regret that this incident had happened during his federal sentencing.

James Buttrey, Chin’s lawyer, remained silent outside of court on Friday.

Legal Precedent

Buttrey revealed to a prosecutor in April that Chin was worried that a plea agreement in Michigan would put him behind bars after serving his federal sentence, as the two were awaiting a status hearing in the case.

Chin’s attorneys have lost every time they have attempted to argue that second-degree murder charges are not justified.

“In this country, there has never been an accusation of second-degree murder stemming from a case primarily involving goods liability. Attorney Kevin Gentry informed the Michigan Supreme Court in 2022 that “this is certainly a novel idea in Michigan.”

Co-Defendant’s Outcome

Cadden, 57, admitted guilt to involuntary manslaughter and was recently sentenced to at least 10 years in jail. Charges of second-degree murder were withdrawn.

In addition to receiving credit for time spent in custody since 2018, Cadden’s 14 1/2-year federal sentence will run concurrently with his Michigan sentence. All in all, it seems that he may not have to spend any more time in prison, which infuriates the relatives of the victims.

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