Ohio doctor charged with murder sues Michigan company to cover his legal costs

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Fired doctor William Husel, third from left, leaves court with his new attorneys, Jose Baez, far left, and Diane Menashe, far right, and others following a hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkiller doses for hospital patients and has pleaded not guilty to 25 counts of murder. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio doctor charged with murder is suing his insurer for not paying his legal costs.

William Husel is charged in the deaths of 25 hospital patients and suing his former employer’s parent company for not covering his criminal defense costs, as it has in dozens of related civil cases.

His federal lawsuit argues his professional liability insurance should cover the defense expenses. His complaint says that if Michigan-based Trinity Health Corporation’s insurer won’t advance his legal costs, it hurts his ability to defend himself .

The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System found Husel ordered excessive painkillers for dozens of patients over several years.

Husel pleaded not guilty . He argues he was trying to provide proper palliative care to dying patients, not trying to kill them.

Trinity Health in Livonia declined to comment on Friday.

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