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Official Charged in Flint Water-Related Death Faces Hearing

  • Associated Press

The Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Michigan, March 21, 2016. Researchers from Virginia Tech say the lead levels in the city's drinking water is decreasing.

A Michigan official blamed in the death of a Flint-area man who had Legionnaires' disease faces a key hearing to determine whether he will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.

FILE - Nick Lyon, Michigan Health and Human Services director , June 5, 2017. Lyon has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in a criminal investigation of Flint's lead-contaminated water.
FILE - Nick Lyon, Michigan Health and Human Services director , June 5, 2017. Lyon has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in a criminal investigation of Flint's lead-contaminated water.

Nick Lyon is head of the Department of Health and Human Services. He's accused of failing to alert the public in a timely manner about a Legionnaires' outbreak in the Flint area in 2014-15.

Some experts have blamed the outbreak on Flint's failure to treat its water to reduce corrosion.

A judge must decide whether there's enough evidence to send Lyon to trial in the death of an 85-year-old man. The hearing starting Thursday could last weeks.

Robert Skidmore was diagnosed with Legionnaires' six months before his death from congestive heart failure. Lyon's attorney notes Skidmore's home didn't use Flint water.

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