Preliminary hearings under way for final 4 people charged in Flint water case

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FLINT (WJRT) (1/8/2018) - A Genesee County judge hearing the cases of four people charged in Flint's water emergency beginning this morning.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Stephen Busch, Michael Prysby, Patrick Cook and Liane Shekter-Smith are facing a variety of charges.

Busch, the District 8 water supervisor, is facing four felony and two misdemeanor charges, including involuntary manslaughter.

Prysby, a District 8 water engineer, is facing the same charges.

Cook, a specialist in the department's community drinking water unit, is facing two felonies and one misdemeanor charge.

Shekter-Smith, the former chief of drinking water and municipal assistance, is facing two felonies and one misdemeanor charge, including involuntary manslaughter.

All their cases stem from the December 2015 death of Robert Skidmore. He died after getting Legionnaires' disease at McLaren Flint, which experts have testified resulted from officials not giving timely notice of the outbreak.

The preliminary hearing, which will help the judge decide whether enough evidence exists to send the case to trial, began at 10 a.m. Monday. Stay with ABC12 news on air and online for updates.