Indianapolis doctor to go to trial in reckless homicide case

Dr. John Sturman (Photo supplied)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis doctor is to go to trial on charges he overprescribed prescription painkillers that resulted in three deaths.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the trial will happen after the Indiana Court of Appeals unanimously decided to reverse the dismissal of charges against Dr. John Sturman. He faces three counts of reckless homicide and 15 counts of issuing invalid prescription drugs by a practitioner. A Marion County trial court dismissed the reckless homicide counts in December. Prosecutors appealed.

Marion County prosecutors say three patients died in 2010 and 2011 while Sturman operated a clinic at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis. IU Health suspended his medical privileges in 2012.

Sturman’s attorney has called the accusations “baseless.”

A trial date hasn’t been set in Marion County Criminal Court.

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