A Rowland Heights doctor charged with murder in the overdose deaths of three patients pleaded not guilty. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng, 42, wearing a blue jumpsuit and her hair pulled into a ponytail, cried during her arraignment in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Before the hearing began, Tseng met with Orange County criminal defense attorneys Edward Welbourn and Alan Stokke who were handling her defense.
Tseng is charged with second-degree murder for recklessly prescribing addictive drugs to patients who had no medical need for them, resulting in the deaths of three men. Tseng is the first doctor accused of murder by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office over the prescribing of drugs.
The court ordered Tseng to stand trial for murder, saying the evidence suggested that the doctor may have “improperly used her prescription pad to cause irreparable harm.” Tseng’s three-week preliminary hearing included more than 40 prosecution witnesses.
Tseng has been in custody since she was arrested and is being held at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in lieu of $3-million bail.
Tracy Green, a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who recently began representing Tseng, said she is “extremely confident” her client will be acquitted.
The Los Angeles criminal defense attorney said, “This isn’t a murder case,” Green said. “In America, we believe in personal responsibility…. When [Tseng] prescribed these medications to the three patients at issue, they … had their own agenda, which was to seek drugs.”
Tseng is expected to appear in court Oct. 11 for a pre-trial hearing.
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