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The Latest: Doctor pleads not guilty in overdose deaths

FILE - This Jan. 15, 2019 file photo shows the main entrance to Mount Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Authorities are set to give an update on the criminal investigation of an intensive care doctor accused of ordering possibly fatal painkillers for dozens of Ohio hospital patients. The Franklin County prosecutor and Columbus police scheduled a news conference Wednesday, June 5, to discuss the investigation of Dr. William Husel. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh Huggins, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a doctor charged with murder in the overdose deaths of 25 patients (all times local):

2 p.m.

A critical care doctor facing murder charges in the overdose deaths of 25 patients has pleaded not guilty.

Dr. William Husel appeared Wednesday afternoon in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Magistrate Jennifer Cordle set his bond at $1 million. Husel’s attorney had requested a significantly lower bond, arguing he is not a flight risk, has family in Ohio and has already given his passport to prosecutors.

A lawyer for Husel has said he didn’t intend to kill patients.

Husel was fired in December from the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System. The hospital found he had ordered potentially fatal drug doses for 29 patients over several years.

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11:45 a.m.

An Ohio hospital system is pledging continued cooperation with authorities after a critical-care doctor was charged with 25 counts of murders in the overdose deaths of patients.

Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health System says it appreciates Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien’s ongoing commitment to justice in the case.

Ron O’Brien announced the charges against now-fired Dr. William Husel (HYOO’-suhl) Wednesday.

A lawyer for Husel has said he didn’t intend to kill patients. Messages seeking comment were left for that attorney

Mount Carmel says it has made and will continue to make “meaningful changes” to ensure such events never happen again.

The hospital system says officials’ “thoughts and prayers” continue to be with families of patients affected by Husel’s actions.

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11:15 a.m.

A critical care doctor who is already accused of ordering painkiller overdoses for dozens of Ohio hospital patients has been charged with murder in 25 patient deaths.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced the charges against now-fired Dr. William Husel (HYOO’-suhl) Wednesday.

O’Brien says Husel turned himself in Wednesday morning and will be arraigned later in the day.

A lawyer for Husel has said he didn’t intend to kill patients. Messages seeking comment were left for that attorney.

The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System found Husel ordered potentially fatal drug doses for 29 patients over several years. He was fired in December.

More than two dozen wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the doctor and the hospital system.

Mount Carmel has publicly apologized and already settled some of the civil cases for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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