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An Ohio jury acquitted former doctor William Husel yesterday on charges he purposefully killed critically ill patients at a Columbus-based hospital by prescribing lethal doses of fentanyl and other painkillers during end-of-life care. The defense argued the dosing practices provided comfort care for dying patients, and no maximum dose is considered illegal under Ohio law. The prosecution argued the high doses—up to 10 times the standard dose—were unnecessary and accelerated the deaths.

The decision came after a week of deliberations and a jury deadlock Tuesday; Husel faced life in prison for each of the 14 counts. The high-profile trial was one of the biggest against a healthcare professional in US history, with prosecutors calling 53 witnesses and the defense calling only one.

Husel, 46, still faces over 10 civil lawsuits. The hospital has paid nearly $17M in settlements to date to the patients’ families.