Crime

Jury still deciding in Green trial

Jurors deliberated for about seven hours before recessing for the day Tuesday without a verdict in the trial of suspended Perry doctor Spurgeon Green Jr., accused of wrongfully prescribing medications that led to the deaths of more than a dozen patients.

Also on trial with Green in federal court in Macon are physician’s assistant Dorothy Mack and pharmacist Jack Joseph. The three are accused of conspiring to distribute drugs “not for a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice” from January 2000 to July 2003.

Jurors asked two questions Tuesday by passing a note to the judge.

One was about references made to evidence in the closing argument made by one of the prosecutors and the other was about autopsies. Noting that neither was part of the evidence introduced during the trial, U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal declined both requests.

Jurors are expected to resume deliberations this morning.

In all, 14 patients under Green’s care died during a period of one year and four months. Green is accused of prescribing medications that led to the death of seven people and serious bodily injury to six other people, who also died, according to the 118-count indictment.

The other patient death was related to the general conspiracy and not included in the death or serious bodily injury charges, prosecutor Jennifer Kolman told jurors during the trial.

Joseph is implicated in four of the death charges, while Mack is implicated in three of the death charges and two of the serious bodily injury charges, according to the indictment.

The trial is now in its sixth week.

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