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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Jury convicts Apalachicola doctor of causing 5 deaths by painkillers

Orlando Sentinel, FL

PENSACOLA -- A federal jury convicted an Apalachicola doctor Monday of causing the deaths of five of his patients through overdoses of highly potent painkillers, including morphine and oxycodone.

Dr. Thomas G. Merrill kept his head down as the verdict was read, but family members sobbed loudly as the 70-year-old former Air Force doctor was taken into custody.

U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers set an April 21 sentencing. Merrill could be sentenced to life in prison.


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