Ex-nurse takes back testimony in Las Vegas hep C case

Ex-nurse takes back testimony in Las Vegas hep C case

CREATED Jun. 11, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Testimony from the former manager of Las Vegas outpatient medical clinics at the center of a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak is delayed while jurors hear from other witnesses.

Former registered nurse Rod Chaffee returned to the stand Monday to tell the jury he misspoke when he testified Friday that he saw former nurse anesthetist Ronald Lakeman reusing needles and syringes on multiple patients.

Chaffee says he never really witnessed that.

Lakeman is standing trial with former physician and clinic owner Dipak Desai on 28 charges, including criminal neglect, reckless disregard, theft, insurance fraud and murder.

Another former employee also is due to testify Monday before the Clark County District Court jury hears from former clinic manager Tonya Rushing.

Rushing is expected to be a star prosecution witness.

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