Orthopedic surgeon charged with murder of Stryker sales rep in South Carolina: 5 things to know

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South Carolina-based orthopedic surgeon Adam Lazzarini, MD, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and obstructing justice after a CrossLink Orthopaedics/Stryker sales representative died of a gunshot wound in Dr. Lazzarini's home last October, according to The State.

Here are five things to know.

1. Local law enforcement investigated the shooting and called it "unintentional or accidental" at the time, and Dr. Lazzarini turned himself in Thursday to the Lexington County Detention Center to await a bond hearing.

2. The shooting occurred when the sales representative was visiting Dr. Lazzarini in his home; the sales representative died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

3. The circumstances of the shooting have not yet been made public.

4. Dr. Lazzarini's wife was found dead in the home she shared with her husband on May 1. The circumstances surrounding her death are unknown and autopsy results are pending, according to a separate article in The State.

5. Dr. Lazzarini was an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician at Southeastern Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine in West Columbia, S.C., and had privileges at Lexington (S.C.) Medical Center. According to the report, Lexington Medical Center released a statement acknowledging the charges against Dr. Lazzarini and encouraged patients to "transition to another care provider."


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