Prosecutor: Limiting university’s research of water crisis could've had deadly consequence

Hearings continued to determine if Michigan Department of Health And Human Services director Nick Lyon could be held criminally responsible for his alleged role in the Flint water crisis. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore)

FLINT, Mich. --Hearings continued to determine if Michigan Department of Health And Human Services director Nick Lyon could be held criminally responsible for his alleged role in the Flint water crisis.

On the stand again: Doctor Shawn McElmurry from Wayne State University who was hired to perform the study on bacteria in the drinking water.

That agreement to begin the testing began in August 2016.

McElmurray contends that officials with MDHHS were slow to respond in getting the contracts finalized and Wayne State University officials were frustrated that the scope of their investigation was only limited to Legionnaires disease.

Defense attorneys insisted Nick Lyon didn’t have anything to do with slowing the research down.

However prosecuting attorney Todd Flood says limiting the scope of Wayne State University’s research could have had deadly consequences.

In addition, a new witness was called to the stand too--a hospice doctor who signed death certificate of patient who may have died from legionella.

The case will pick back up again next Wednesday.

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