COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Dr. William Husel made an appearance in a Franklin County courtroom Friday for a pretrial hearing.
Husel, who formerly worked in the Mount Carmel Health System, is charged with 25 counts of murder for allegedly ordering fatal doses of pain medicine for more than two dozen patients.
He is currently represented by Jose Baez, the attorney who is well-known for defending Casey Anthony and former NFL star Aaron Hernandez.
Baez requested medical records of patient cases that were investigated by the state but did not result in charges.
Baez says it is important to look at Husel’s full history as a doctor so that he can explain why he ordered the doses of medication that he did.
“I don’t know how we can defend, I guess utilize or present evidence of someone’s experience without having the records to back it up,” said Baez in court.
The judge ultimately ruled to allow the records to be given to the defense but for the attorney’s eyes only.
Jury selection was also discussed. The judge is talking about summoning almost 800 jurors due to the high profile nature of this case, but Baez said he is unfazed.
“You know, in comparison to some of the other cases I’ve dealt with, this is a pretty low key case so, I mean, obviously, there are challenges locally and you have to address them all the same and all we want is fair people,” said Baez.
Baez said his client is looking forward to his day in court and for all the facts of the case to come out.
“He doesn’t deserve to be in this position nor did all of those other healthcare professionals deserve what’s happening in their lives,” he said. “To receive some type of scarlet letter in this community after being caring and giving and dedicating your life to others is nothing short of absurd.”
Husel has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges he faces.