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Sources: Dr. Brian Nadler is expected to be acquitted of first-degree murder next week

Sources: Dr. Brian Nadler is expected to be acquitted of first-degree murder next week

OTTAWA –

A major development in the upcoming trial of an eastern Ontario doctor facing four first-degree murder charges in connection with the deaths of four seniors at Hawkesbury Hospital. Sources tell CTV News that Brian Nadler is expected to be acquitted next week.

In March 2021, Nadler was initially charged after OPP were called to the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital to investigate the death of 89-year-old Albert Poindinger of Pointe-Claire, Quebec. Nadler was a physician at the hospital at the time.

A year later, in August 2022, the OPP charged Nadler with three additional counts of first-degree murder. Those charges stemmed from the deaths of Claire Briere, 80, of Rigaud, Que.; Lorraine Lalande, 79, of Hawkesbury, Ont.; and Judith Lungulescu, 93, of East Hawkesbury Township, Ont. At the time, the hospital said all of the victims were patients under Nadler’s care.

On Friday, sources told CTV News that the Crown attorney in the case does not plan to call any evidence when the trial begins Tuesday.

Nadler has maintained his innocence, with his lawyers arguing in 2022 that all four victims had died from Covid-19. Nadler has been free on bail for the past three years with various conditions, including a ban on practicing medicine.