At last: 10-month preliminary hearing for Nick Lyon reaches closing arguments

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FLUSHING (WJRT) (7/11/2018) - A marathon 10-month preliminary hearing for Michigan's top public health official charged with crimes from the Flint water crisis is finally reaching an end.

Nick Lyon, right, appears in court with his legal team on Wednesday for closing arguments in his preliminary hearing.

Attorneys for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and Special Prosecutor Todd Flood are making closing arguments in the hearing Wednesday.

Lyon is accused of causing the deaths of two people by failing to disclose an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Flint back in 2015. He is facing two counts of involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed the charges in June 2017. A preliminary hearing on those charges began in September, now featuring more than 25 days of testimony.

Attorney John Bursch is arguing Lyon's case that he should not stand trial and the charges should be dropped. Flood is expected to argue the case on behalf of the state.

At the conclusion, Judge David Goggins will decide whether to send Lyons' case to trial.

Lyons is the highest profile defendant charged with crimes stemming from the Flint water crisis. A preliminary hearing for Dr. Eden Wells, who is Michigan's top medical executive, also is drawing to a close soon.

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