NECC trial: Judge says Cadden verdict may be near

Barry Cadden Image Courtesy of WBUR

The co-founder of a MA pharmacy has been acquitted of causing the deaths of 25 people but convicted of other racketeering charges in a nationwide meningitis outbreak in 2012 that included Tennessee patients.

Cadden, 50, of Wrentham, will be sentenced on June 21.

Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) traced the outbreak back to the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, MA in the fall of 2012.

After the verdict, he said: "We don't know what the jury was thinking other than what they said, but to us, the murder counts were the ones that were most important, and those were the ones we were most concerned about".

For instance, nine of the jurors said Cadden was guilty of the three deaths that occurred in IN, while seven said guilty to the three deaths that occurred in Maryland.

In his trial, Cadden placed the blame for contaminated drugs on Chin, saying evidence showed Chin was the one in charge of the pharmacy, which could make him appear more culpable.

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The jury in the trial had a mixed verdict just last Wednesday. The pharmacist faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each of the racketeering counts and mail fraud.

But analysts said prosecutors, while disappointed the jury refused to convict Cadden on the charges related to the deaths, probably left the courthouse emboldened after the jury found that he ran a conspiracy with his pharmacists, and committed fraud.

Cadden's lawyer, Bruce Singal, called the deaths tragic but told jurors that Cadden was not responsible for the deaths.

During the trial, attorney Bruce Singal told the jury: "As awful as each of these stories is, there is nothing that shows that Mr. Cadden did something that the government can link to the death of that person". He has pleaded not guilty.

"We live with Don's loss every day", the statement said, according to USA Today.

"I'd expect them to go full speed ahead", Schumacher said.

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