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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Decision looming in case against state official

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

A judge is scheduled to decide this week if another state official will face trial on charges related to the Flint water crisis. 

Dr. Eden Wells is Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive. She’s facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, obstruction of justice and lying to a peace officer, all in connection with the state’s handling of Flint’s tainted tap water.

Judge William Crawford spent months listening as prosecutors and defense attorneys argued over evidence and testimony presented during Well’s preliminary hearing.

Crawford is scheduled to deliver his decision as to whether to move this case over to trial on Friday.

If the judge decides there’s enough evidence, Wells will become the second state health department official to be bound over for trial. State Health Department Director Nick Lyon was bound over earlier this year.

In all, 15 current and former government officials have been charged in connection with the Flint water crisis. Four have agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

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