December 29, 2013

Former doctor arrested on nine murder complaints

William Martin Valuck was arrested in Kilgore after eight patients reportedly died of prescription drug overdoses.

Authorities have arrested a former Oklahoma City-based doctor on nine murder complaints after eight patients reportedly died of prescription drug overdoses and another allegedly caused a fatal traffic accident.

Federal agents arrested William Martin Valuck, 71, Friday at his home in Kilgore, according to The Oklahoman newspaper.

On Thursday, an Oklahoma judge ordered Valuck arrested on the nine murder complaints and on 43 complaints of unlawfully dispensing controlled dangerous substances.

Valuck has not been charged, but agents consulted prosecutors in preparing his arrest warrant, the newspaper reported Sunday.

Valuck’s attorney, Danny Shadid, said Friday that it was too early for him to comment.

“I just learned about this a few minutes ago,” Shadid said. “It is premature for me to make any further comment until I learn more information.”

Shadid did not immediately respond to a phone message The Associated Press left at his office Sunday.

Three of Valuck’s patients died of overdoses a day after Valuck wrote their prescriptions, a narcotics agent reported in an arrest warrant affidavit.

“Our investigation has revealed that during a period of approximately one year, Dr. Valuck prescribed extremely large amounts of controlled substances – including the most abused prescription drugs on the street – to numerous patients with very little medical examination or the establishment of a valid doctor-patient relationship,” agent T.N. Briscoe reported, according to the newspaper.

Briscoe works for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.

Valuck was licensed in Oklahoma in December 2007 to practice as an osteopathic physician and surgeon.

His attorney surrendered his license Dec. 13 after the state agency that licenses osteopaths accused him of unethical conduct and gross negligence.

The state licensing agency found that Valuck was prescribing controlled dangerous substances at a rate that would exceed 3.5 million pills in a year.

He worked this year at the Advance Care Clinic in Oklahoma City, and his previous employer was the Vista Clinic in Oklahoma City, according to the newspaper.

Valuck was being held at the Rusk County jail in Henderson.

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