Judge to decided whether state health director will go to trial

Jul 12, 2018

A Genesee County judge heard closing arguments Wednesday in a preliminary hearing related to the Flint water crisis.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of two men. 

Prosecutors allege the deaths were connected to a Legionnaires' Disease outbreak linked to Flint’s water crisis.

But Defense Attorney John Bursch argues Lyon delegated the Legionella investigation to subordinates.

“A lot of things may have gone wrong, that happens sometimes, that doesn’t mean that it was director Lyon’s fault.”

Judge David Goggins will decide July 25th if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.