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Michigan's state health department director will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter tied to the Flint water crisis.

MDHHS Director Nick Lyon
Steve Carmody

It will be another month before a judge decides whether the head of Michigan’s state health department should stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges.

Nick Lyon is the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  He was in that job when a deadly Legionnaires Disease outbreak occurred in Genesee County in 2014 and 2015. At least a dozen people died.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

This week, a judge will decide whether a top state official will face trial on charges related to the Flint water crisis.

State Health Department Director Nick Lyon has spent the past ten months listening as attorneys have argued over evidence and witness testimony in his preliminary hearing.

That ends Wednesday.

Judge David Goggins is scheduled to decide if Lyon will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

A judge must now decide if there is enough evidence to send Michigan’s health director to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges. Closing arguments came today in Nick Lyon's preliminary hearing.

Lyon is charged in connection with a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Genesee County from 2014 to 2015 that killed at least a dozen people. The charges against him are related to two men who died in 2015. 

Lyon and other state health department officials were aware of the outbreak in January 2015. But a public announcement was not made until a year later.