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Jury to resume deliberating in Las Vegas hep C case

Jury to resume deliberating in Las Vegas hep C case

CREATED Jul. 1, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A jury in Las Vegas is due to resume deliberating whether a former endoscopy clinic owner and his former employee are guilty of murder, patient neglect and other criminal charges in a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak.

Jurors return Monday after beginning Friday to consider 28 charges against former endoscopy center owner Dipak Desai and nurse anesthetist Ronald Lakeman.

Prosecutors say Desai and Lakeman are responsible for infecting seven people with hepatitis C during endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures at Desai's Endoscopy Clinic of Southern Nevada.

The murder charge stems from the death in April 2012 of 77-year-old former patient Rodolfo Meana.

Neither testified in his defense.

Their lawyers say the state failed to prove its case.

Desai and Lakeman could face decades in prison if they're convicted.