OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - It's a case of a doctor accused of murdering his patients all because he prescribed them pain medication.
William Valuck, 71, faces 81 charges. Nine of those are for murder. The others are for unlawfully distributing controlled dangerous substances.
NewsChannel 4 was there as the doctor headed into the courtroom Thursday. He was asking Judge Ray Elliott to let him go home.
He was requesting supervised release, but the judge simply said no.
On the way out of the courtroom, Valuck wouldn't respond to reporter questions.
He was cuffed, surrounded by deputies and wearing the jail jumpsuit. The 71-year-old is used to wearing the white coat as a doctor at the Advance Care Clinic and Vista Medical Center in Oklahoma City in previous years.
His previous employer was the Vista Clinic in Oklahoma City.
He lived in this nice home, a place he was hoping the judge would let him return to while he waits for his murder trial.
"He would be able to help us, and we could work with him much better," said his attorney, Gina Walker.
Walker argued to the judge that her client has had it rough in jail. Too rough to spend countless hours pouring over his case with his attorneys.
"It's a small room. There are attorney booths, all of the furniture in the jail, because it is the jail, is stainless steel," said Walker. "For a younger, healthier person, after 20 minutes on the stainless steel, you're hurting."
The judge said no because he felt Valuck might skip town. He argues the doctor is facing multiple life sentences accused of murdering his patients.
"The ultimate question will be, 'Is the doctor responsible for a death based on treating that person?'," said Walker.
According to court documents, to treat one patient, prosecutors say "Dr. Valuck prescribed approximately 600 pills..." Two days later, that woman died from overdose. One of eight who fatally overdosed. A ninth person died as result of a car accident that may have been linked to the medication.
"Looking at the charges yes, it looks terrible when there are nine counts of murder," said Walker. "But when you start looking at it, the circumstances, he was a licensed physician. He's taken an oath to help people and do no harm to people. "
The victims' families weren't in court. However, Valuck's wife was. She was disappointed to leave without her husband.
"They're hurting, obviously. I don't think that anyone was expecting this," said Walker.
This isn't the first time Valuck has served time in jail. He was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison in 2001 for fraud, money laundering and scheming to defraud.