Saturday, March 13, 2010

Fla. doctor charged with murder in overdose deaths


AP-FL--Doctor Arrested

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A West Palm Beach doctor has been indicted on three counts of first-degree murder in the overdose deaths of three patients.

Dr. Sergio Rodriguez was accused of illegally distributing prescription drugs and arrested in 2008. Palm Beach County sheriff's officials said it was the culmination of an 8-month undercover investigation.

Authorities say Rodriguez had a West Palm Beach pediatric office but also saw adult patients and prescribed the drugs without examining them.

He was indicted on Friday and remains held in the Palm Beach County jail.

Prosecutors say he also faces multiple charges of trafficking and illegal sales of painkillers and anxiety medications.

Rodriguez's attorney did not immediately return a telephone message on Friday.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

A Lake Worth pediatrician has been formally charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the overdose deaths of three men to whom he prescribed prescription pain medication, prosecutors said Friday.

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