MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Oklahoma News

December 29, 2013

Ex-OKC doctor arrested, accused of murder

Nine deaths allegedly linked to prescription drug overdoses

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities have arrested a former Oklahoma City-based doctor on nine murder complaints after eight patients reportedly died of prescription drug overdoses and another allegedly caused a fatal traffic accident, The Oklahoman newspaper reported Sunday.

Federal agents arrested William Martin Valuck, 71, Friday at his home in Kilgore, Texas, according to the newspaper.

An Oklahoma judge ordered Valuck’s arrest Thursday on the nine murder complaints and on 43 complaints of unlawful dispensing of controlled dangerous substances.

Valuck has not been charged, but agents consulted with prosecutors in preparing his arrest warrant, The Oklahoman reported.

Valuck’s attorney, Danny Shadid, told the newspaper on Friday that it was too early for him to comment.

“I just learned about this a few minutes ago,” Shadid said, according to the newspaper. “It is premature for me to make any further comment until I learn more information.”

Shadid did not immediately respond to a phone message The Associated Press left at his office on Sunday.

Three of Valuck’s patients died of overdoses a day after Valuck wrote their prescriptions, a narcotics agent reported in an arrest affidavit, according to The Oklahoman.

“Our investigation has revealed that during a period of approximately one year, Dr. Valuck prescribed extremely large amounts of controlled substances — including the most abused prescription drugs on the street — to numerous patients with very little medical examination or the establishment of a valid doctor-patient relationship,” agent T.N. Briscoe reported, according to the newspaper.

Briscoe works for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, The Oklahoman reported.

Valuck was licensed in Oklahoma in December 2007 to practice as an osteopathic physician and surgeon.

His attorney surrendered his license Dec. 13 after the state agency that licenses osteopaths accused him of unethical conduct and gross negligence, The Oklahoman reported.

The state licensing agency found Valuck was prescribing controlled dangerous substances at a rate that would exceed 3.5 million pills in a year.

He worked this year at the Advance Care Clinic in Oklahoma City, and his previous employer was the Vista Clinic in Oklahoma City, according to the newspaper.

Valuck was being held at the Rusk County jail in Henderson, Texas, according to The Oklahoman.

1
Text Only
Oklahoma News
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks