Sisters, White ask court to toss death lawsuit

TUPELO – Dr. Paul White and the heirs of a former Sanctuary Hospice patient asked the U.S. District Court on Monday to dismiss a civil wrongful death lawsuit against him.
Rebecca Dillard and Faye McLain of Georgia, daughters of Esther Evans, joined White in telling the court they had “resolved their differences” over Evans’ death.
However, their motion makes plain the dismissal will not be against Sanctuary or Marilyn Lehman, its former clinical director, whom they blame for their mother’s death allegedly because of massive doses of drugs five days after Evans was admitted to Sanctuary on Sept. 16, 2006.
White is former medical director at the west Tupelo facility.
Lehman’s attorney, Ronald Michael of Booneville, said Monday he wasn’t aware of any such legal resolution for her.
The women sued Lehman, White and Sanctuary Hospice on Aug. 18, 2008. The case is set for jury trial Nov. 15, 2010, before Senior Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr.
In March 2008, Lehman and White were indicted in Lee County on 33 criminal charges associated with the deaths of 11 Sanctuary patients. Evans was one of those patients.
Lehman was accused of practicing medicine without a license, and White was accused of misdemeanor neglect of a vulnerable adult and aiding and abetting the practice of medicine without a license.
Months later, each pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and were sentenced to fines and probation.

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