Legionnaires' didn't kill Flint-area man, doctor testifies - WNEM TV 5

Legionnaires' didn't kill Flint-area man, doctor testifies

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Dr. Eden Wells (Source: WNEM) Dr. Eden Wells (Source: WNEM)

A doctor says Legionnaires' disease didn't kill a man whose health is at the center of a Flint water criminal case against a state official.

The opinion of Dr. Jeffrey Band is different than the cause of death offered by prosecutors. The Beaumont Hospital doctor testified Wednesday as a witness for Dr. Eden Wells, Michigan's medical executive.

Wells is accused of obstruction of justice and lying. The attorney general's office also wants her to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of a Flint-area man, John Snyder. She's accused of failing to timely warn the public about a Legionnaires' outbreak in Genesee County while Flint was using lead-tainted water.

But Band says Snyder died from acute respiratory distress, not Legionnaires'. He says Snyder's heart was in bad shape.

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