An Ohio doctor is accused of killing 25 patients. A motive remains a mystery.

Image: William Husel

One of the largest murder cases in Ohio history, involving a doctor accused of killing 25 patients, will hinge on his colleagues’ cooperation and what they can offer up at trial, legal experts say. Prosecutors allege that William Husel ordered excessive doses of opioids for patients in intensive care, which either caused or hastened their deaths.

Husel has previously asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, and if he decides not to testify in the criminal case, many of the holes will have to be filled in by those nurses and in-house pharmacists who took his orders. What those former co-workers reveal may help shed light on something that has so far eluded investigators: a motive.

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