Neurosurgeon pleads not guilty to murder charges tied to 4 patient deaths

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Santa Rosa, Calif.-based neurosurgeon Thomas Keller, MD, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges for allegedly causing four patient deaths by overprescribing opioids from 2011 to 2017, according to The Press Democrat.

Three things to know:

1. Dr. Keller also faces four felony counts of providing prescriptions without legitimate medical purposes linked to four other patients and a single count of elder abuse.

2. A judge at Sonoma County Superior Court set bail at $12 million.

3. Dr. Keller will reappear in court for a preliminary hearing Sep. 3 to see if there is enough evidence for a judge to order him to stand trial.

Read more about the charges here.

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