MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 12, 2012

Vinita doctor cleared in overdose death


Associated Press

— VINITA (AP) — A Craig County prosecutor says she won't appeal a judge's order dismissing manslaughter charges filed against a Vinita doctor after a patient overdosed on prescription drugs.

Assistant District Attorney Marny Hill said Tuesday that it was in prosecutors' "best interest" not to appeal the decision dropping charges against Dr. Mickey Ray Tyrrell.

Special Judge Rebecca Gore ruled last month that there wasn't enough evidence for Tyrrell to be bound over for trial in the 2009 death of Tammy Dawn Daniels, 35.

The Miami News Record reported that the judge said there wasn't a strong link between Tyrrell's actions and Daniels' death.

The state medical examiner said Daniels died of an overdose from the painkiller Demerol.