FLINT (WJRT) (10/9/2017) - Michigan's chief medical executive is facing more serious charges related to the Flint water emergency.
During a preliminary hearing in court on Monday, Special Prosecutor Todd Flood announced that Dr. Eden Wells also will be charged with felonies of involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office. She already was facing felony charges of obstruction of justice and lying to a peace officer.
Dr. Wells is accused of failing to alert the public in a timely fashion of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak caused by Flint's April 24 switch from the Detroit water system to pumping drinking water out of the Flint River.
The Attorney General's Office's warrant paperwork alleges she knew of the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in March 2015, but didn't say anything until January 2016.
Dr. Wells' preliminary hearing on the earlier charges got under way Monday in 67th District Court. That hearing was stopped when Flood announced the new charges.
A new preliminary hearing is expected on November 6th.
Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, also is charged separately with involuntary manslaughter related to the Flint water emergency and ensuing Legionnaire's outbreak. He is accused of contributing to the death of a Flint man for not alerting the public in a timely fashion.
Special Prosecutor Todd Flood says a new review of documents and testimony from Lyon's preliminary exam helped his team form a case for the new charges against Dr. Wells.
Lyon's preliminary hearing will continue this week to decide whether he should stand trial on the charges.