UPDATE: Tupelo doctor formally dismissed from wrongful death lawsuit

TUPELO – Accusations against Dr. Paul White of Tupelo officially were dropped today in a lawsuit related to a patient’s 2006 death in Sanctuary Hospice House.

Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr.’s order signed Tuesday shows the dead woman’s daughters “have resolved their differences” with White and asked the court, with him, to dismiss the claims against him. They asked for this decision Oct. 30.

It wasn’t immediately known if White had made a financial settlement with them to end their action against him.

Rebecca Dillard and Faye McClain, daughters of Esther Evans, continue their legal action against Sanctuary of Tupelo and its former clinical director, Marilyn Lehman.

The Georgia women claim their mother died five days after her admission to Sanctuary because she was administered “excessive doses” of various drugs that caused her to stop breathing.

The defendants deny the accusations.

The case is set for a jury trial Nov. 15, 2010.

Read Wednesday’s Daily Journal for more details.

Patsy Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal