LOS ANGELES (AP) - A prosecutor says a California doctor charged with murder in the drug deaths of three young men knew that three of her other patients had died earlier from overdoses.
No charges were filed in those earlier drug overdoses, but the prosecution seeks to use that evidence against Dr. Hsui-Ying "Lisa" Tseng. She is charged with second-degree murder and could be sentenced to 45 years to life in prison if convicted.
Prosecutor John Niedermann cited the other deaths at the start of a preliminary hearing Monday to determine if Tseng should stand trial. He said she was notified about the three earlier deaths of young men after she prescribed drugs to them.
Tseng has pleaded not guilty to 24 felony counts. She was accompanied by five lawyers.
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