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Michigan's top doctor returns to a Flint courtroom Monday

steve carmody
Michigan Radio
Dr. Eden Wells (right) sits with her attorney Jerald Lax during a court hearing October 9th

Another top state official is scheduled to appear in a courtroom in Flint Monday in connection with that city’s tainted tap water crisis.

Dr. Eden Wells is Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive.  In that job, Wells is tasked with providing professional medical leadership, expertise and coordination in addressing public health issues, workforce issues, and health policy development to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  

She’s charged with obstruction of justice and lying to a peace officer in connection with the Flint water crisis.

Prosecutors are using this preliminary exam to lay out their case against Wells so a judge can determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Nearly a month ago, Special Counsel Todd Flood informed the judge that prosecutors planned to add a charge of involuntary manslaughter to charges Wells is already facing.

Defense attorneys question whether Wells was in her job long enough to warrant being chargedwith involuntary manslaughter.

Wells is one of 13 current and former government officials facing criminal charges in the Flint water crisis. Two others have cut plea deals and are cooperating with prosecutors.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.