2 top state officials face felony charges related to Flint water crisis

Nick Lyon, head of the Michigan health department and Dr. Eden Wells stood before Judge Perry in 67th District Court. (WEYI/WSMH)

Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, who was accompanied by his wife, faces the more serious charges: involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office.

Judge Nathaniel Perry set his bond at 10 percent of 15 thousand dollars on each count.

HHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Eden Wells was released on a personal recognizance bond and is charged with obstruction of justice and lying to special prosecutor Todd Flood.

It's all tied to a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Flint that killed 12 people.

Dr. Wells' attorney says any action she took, was taken only for the purpose of a legitimate health concern.

Attorney Gerald Lax says "Dr Wells vehemently denies the charges, the charges will be defended vigorously".

(Reporter) Mr. Lyon can we talk to you? "No comment".

Lyon's lawyers from the Willey Chamberlin law firm didn't speak today but released this statement yesterday.

"We absolutely and vehemently dispute the charges. They are baseless. we intend to provide a vigorous defense of Nick Lyon and we expect the court system to vindicate him entirely."

The attorney general claims Lyon and 4 other officials related to the crisis, caused the death of 85 year old Robert Skidmore, who died of Legionnaires' disease in 2015.

Lyons and Dr. Wells are expected to be back in this courtroom on Monday when the issue of consolidating some of these cases is expected to be addressed.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder expressed support for both of them in a statement Wednesday, June 14.

Snyder says Nick Lyon and Dr. Eden Wells are presumed innocent and "will remain on duty" at the Department of Health and Human Services.


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