Dr. Narendra Nagareddy, a psychiatrist from Georgia was found guilty of three counts of felony murder as well as unauthorized distribution of pain medications to patients. It is estimated that at least 12 of his patients lost their lives after taking more than the recommended dosage of these medications.
This psychiatrist, currently dubbed as “Dr. Death” by media, is 57 years old and was arrested by the police in January after one of his patients, 29-year-old Audrey Austin, died. However, he managed to get out of jail on bond and has been under house arrest until his recent arrest on Tuesday on additional charges.
On Wednesday, he appeared in court to answer to charges that he contributed directly to the deaths of Cheryl Pennington who was 47 years old and David Robison who was 49 years old. According to reports provided by the federal authorities, 36 of Nagareddy’s patients lost their lives after he prescribed controlled substances such as hydrocodone, amphetamine, oxycodone, and methadone. However, the authorities did not reveal what caused the death of the 24 patients.
Tracy Lawson, Clayton County District Attorney stated that the psychiatrist prescribed harmful medications to patients without a legal or legitimate medical reason. As of this date, it is not clear whether authorities in counties where the victims lived will file charges against the health practitioner.
One of the victims of this doctor’s heinous acts, Mike Jones, lost his wife who sought Nagareddy’s services in 2013. Mike told WSB that the doctor at some point prescribed clonidine and Ritalin to his young son. After his wife’s death, postmortem results revealed that her liver had been damaged by the medications that the doctor prescribed.
Despite the abundance of evidence presented in court, Nagareddy pleaded not guilty and told a WGCL reporter that he considers himself an innocent man who treats patients with severe mental conditions.