OKLAHOMA CITY – A disgraced former doctor in Oklahoma City charged with the deaths of several former patients has some of his criminal charges dismissed.
Before a preliminary hearing, prosecutors dropped one of the nine murder charges against William Valuck.
Prosecutors say Valuck wrote more prescriptions by a wide margin than any other doctor in the state.
They say that allegedly resulted in at least eight overdoses.
While one murder charge and 14 drug charges were dismissed, the doctor’s legal fight is just beginning.
He’s still charged with more than 60 felonies and eight murders.
In December, Dustin Hall allegedly slammed into the back of another driver on N.E. 10th St.
The crash killed 27-year-old Ronald Benton, who had just taken his young son for a bite to eat.
Prosecutors initially claimed Hall had been under the influence of drugs prescribed by Valuck and charged the doctor with murder.
That charge has now been dropped because prosecutors couldn’t prove Valuck caused the death.
David McKenzie, a local attorney, said, “Anytime we get a prescription, if we abuse it, we could kill somebody. That doesn’t mean the family physician is liable for that.”
Prosecutors still maintain Valuck over-prescribed pills by the hundreds to patients without legitimate medical needs.
Eight of those patients later died from drug overdoses.
According to the law, Valuck could be held accountable for those deaths.
McKenzie said, “If you’re in the course of a drug deal that is illegal and that person dies, you are liable for those deaths.”
Valuck is also facing dozens of criminal counts of illegal drug distribution.
Valuck surrendered his medical license late last year before the criminal charges were filed.