Trial decision due for CA doctor in drug deaths

Posted on: 5:36 pm, June 26, 2012, by

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LOS ANGELES — A three-week preliminary hearing is nearing conclusion for a California doctor accused in the drug-overdose deaths of three patients.

Los Angeles County prosecutors want a Superior Court judge to order Dr. Hsui-Ying “Lisa” Tseng to stand trial on second-degre murder charges. A decision could come Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutors have portrayed Tseng as the go-to doctor for people seeking prescription drugs including Xanax, oxycodone and methadone.

The hearing included testimony about a total of 12 of Tseng’s patients who died of drug overdoses, but prosecutors have charged only three deaths as solely caused by her prescriptions.

Authorities allege she wrote more than 27,000 prescriptions over a three-year period.

Tseng has pleaded not guilty to 24 felony counts.

She could face 45 years to life if convicted of all counts.

Source: The Associated Press