New witnesses take stand against Dr. Eden Wells' Flint water case
FLINT, Mich. - The preliminary examination for Dr. Eden Wells, Michigan’s top doctor's continued Tuesday.
New witnesses took the stand as the special prosecutor on the case tries to prove wells didn't act fast enough to prevent deaths from Legionnaires disease during the Flint water crisis.
Wells is accused of involuntary manslaughter, misconduct in office and obstruction of justice.
On the stand for much of the day was James Henry, who works for the Genesee County Health Department.
He claims the state health department was tough to work with.
Michigan's chief medical executive with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Eden Wells is accused of involuntary manslaughter, misconduct in office and obstruction of justice.
Henry started working for the Health Department in September 2014.
He says right away he realized the concern with Legionnaires disease, so he reached out to MDHHS.
"It seemed as if there was a lot of scrutiny of the way our investigation was being conducted,” said Henry.
Since Flint switched water sources in April 2014, henry says he considered the water system as the source for the outbreak.
In October of 2015, he says the state and the county tested the water in Flint schools for lead.
But Henry says he had trouble getting those results from MDEQ employee George Christian.
"He said if he would have given them to me he would have been fired. It's unprecedented,” Henry added.
After hours on the stand answering questions from the special prosecutor.
The defense attorney for Wells tried to discredit Henry as a witness.
"For a year and a half he's known he's not been under investigation and known he would not be charged,” said Wells’ Defense Attorney.
Despite the claims from the defense that Henry has been treated differently for cooperating with the special investigation, the judge allowed Henry's testimony to stand.