Doc Won't Face Katrina Murder Charge

New Orleans grand jury declines to indict accused physician
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2007 9:06 AM CDT
Dr. Anna Pou and her attorney, Richard Simmons, hold a news conference to comment on a grand jury declining to indict Pou on murder charges, Tuesday, July 24, 2007, in New Orleans. Pou and two nurses...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A grand jury yesterday refused to indict a doctor accused in the deaths of nine patients who died while trapped in a hospital in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Prosecutors alleged Anna Pou injected patients with lethal amounts of painkillers and sedatives; her lawyer says the Louisiana AG was attempting to scapegoat her for deaths caused by governmental failures.

Pou faces four civil suits in connection with the deaths. She and two nurses, who testified before the grand jury under an immunity grant, originally were accused of contributing to the deaths of four patients. Pou says she'll resume practicing "as soon as possible," the Times-Picayune reports, and says the AG "has to live with the decisions that he made."