State official charged in Flint water emergency wants to throw out conflicting testimony

Nick Lyon appears in a Genesee County courtroom.
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FLINT (WJRT) (10/31/2017) - Nick Lyon, the director of the Michigan Department of Heath and Human Services, is expected to be back in court Wednesday to continue a preliminary hearing.

Before that happens, Lyon has asked a Genesee County judge to throw out conflicting testimony about the Flint water emergency from Gov. Rick Snyder and one of his top aides.

Lyon's preliminary exam was stopped earlier this month after Harvey Hollins, who has been coordinating the state's response to the water crisis, testified that he told the governor by phone in December 2015 of a Legionnaries' disease outbreak in the city.

However, Snyder testified under oath to the U.S. House Oversight Committee in March 2016 that he didn't know about the outbreak until weeks later. Snyder has said he stands by his comments to the congressional committee.

Lyon is charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office in the death of a Flint man, who succumbed to Legionnaires' disease that originated from the city's switch using the Flint River as a water source.

Prosecutors allege Lyon and other city and state officials failed to notify the public about the Legionnaires' danger in a timely manner. The preliminary hearing is being held so a judge can decide whether to send the case to trial.

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