Judge orders trial of Michigan official on Flint charges
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Judge orders trial of Michigan official on Flint charges

Last Updated Aug 20, 2018 at 4:40 pm EDT

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon sits in court during his preliminary examination in Genesee County District Court in Flint, Mich. A judge decides Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, if Michigan's health director will face trial on manslaughter charges for the deaths of two men during a Legionnaires' disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis. (Terray Sylvester/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP, File)

DETROIT – Michigan’s health director will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of two men linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area.

Judge David Goggins on Monday ordered Nick Lyon to stand trial. Lyon is accused of failing to issue a timely alert about the outbreak. Some experts have blamed Legionnaires’ on Flint’s water, which wasn’t properly treated when it was drawn from the Flint River in 2014 and 2015.

Goggins found there’s probable cause for a trial. The legal standard isn’t as high as beyond a reasonable doubt.

The state says at least 90 cases of Legionnaires’ occurred in Genesee County, including 12 deaths. Lyon denies wrongdoing. His lawyers say sending the case to trial will “dangerously chill” public employees.

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