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Mistrial declared in wrongful death trial

Published: Fri, January 17, 2014 @ 4:09 p.m.

Mistrial declaired in wrongful death trial


The wrongful death trial involving two Champion Township physicians and a military veteran who committed suicide while under their care was declared a mistrial today, as the jurors reported being “hopelessly deadlocked.”

Atty. Brian Kopp, who argued the case for the family of Michael Ecker, said afterwards it is too soon to decide whether they will seek a second trial.

“We’ll look at all our options, but we need to take a break” before deciding, he said.

One juror said the eight jurors were split 4-4, and none seemed to be willing to change his position on whether Drs. Frank and Zachary Veres of Champion were negligent in their treatment of Ecker, 25, who killed himself in August 2009, 11 days after his last doctor visit.

Kopp argued that the doctors failed to adequately address Ecker’s mental-health issues by failing to find out about the medical care he received before coming to them and by failing to use a written test filled out by the patient.


1oilguy(2 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Hopefully exposing these greedy so called doctors will bring out others who experience same neglect. I know.of 2 other vets who go.once per.month to veres, pay $70 and walk with vicodin script- one for 7 years now! Really- put someone on vicodin for 7 years???? No rehab- no surgery??? They are a pain pill pez dispensery...

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2oilguy(2 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Street dealers made a killing this week since veres was " on vacation". His addicts who's appointments were cancelled/ delayed were pill sick all week and resorted to crime and theft to get their fix. When they go back to work, pharmacies will be out of percocet and vicodins in 2 days from veres backlog...he may set a record for # patients in a day Monday... and # pain pills prescribed- wheres DEA?

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3walter_sobchak(2724 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

If you have proof that this doctor is over-prescribing opioids, you should do society a favor and contact the state medical board to investigate. But, with the way these scripts are handled now, it is difficult for physicians to continue this practice.

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