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Prosecutor alleges conspiracy between Nick Lyon and Dr. Eden Wells

The preliminary trial resumes for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon. (Photo Credit: Sarah Jaeger)

FLINT, Mich. -- The preliminary trial resumes for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon.


Taking the stand today, Wayne State University associate professor Dr. Shawn McElmurry. Dr. McElmurry serves on the Flint Area Community Health Partnership along with over 20 other investigators.


After the switch from Flint water to Great Lakes Water Authority in October 2015, the Partnership sampled almost 300 homes in Flint looking for Legionella.

Samples came from hot water heaters, a bio-film swab of showers, shower water, and kitchen faucet water. Researchers also looked at testing the water filters used by residents. According to Dr. McElmurry, that is when Lyon voiced concern.

"He did not want us to collect filters," says Dr. McElmurry.

According to Dr. McElmurry, Lyon was not the only one against the testing of filters but so was Michigan's Chief Medical Executive, Dr. Eden Wells.

Dr. McElmurry says Wells referred to the filters as a "red line" the Partnership would not be able to cross to which prosecutor Todd Flood immediately alleged conspiracy.

"That's what Eden Wells and Nick Lyon were doing together saying hey I don't want you to figure this out because if you figure this out then I'm in trouble then I have a connection to the water and Legionella," says Flood.

With that line of questioning, court abruptly ending. Judge David Goggins taking defense attorney Chip Chamberlin's objection of the conspiracy claims under advisement. He did not get a chance for cross examination today. The hearing will resume Friday, November 17th.


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