Federal trial begins for Madison County doctor charged with over prescribing opioids

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Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney testified in Madison County court during a lawsuit in 2015 in which her clinic, Restore Care Inc. was acused of abuse and neglect of its residents. That case was dismissed.

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A doctor in Madison County is on trial this week in federal court after prosecutors say she was over prescribing opioids.

Tuesday was jury selection in doctor Celia Lloyd-Turney's trial in federal court. Prosecutors say Lloyd-Turney over prescribed dangerous opioids -- known to heighten the risk of overdose or death -- to people at her clinic in Toney.

On Wednesday, the prosecution called six witnesses to testify against Dr. Lloyd-Turney.

Crime scene investigators and police officers were called to discuss the basics of processing crime scenes that involve drug overdoses.

The longest testimony and cross examination was that of an Alabama Department of Public Health worker. She explained the requirements for logging and reporting the distribution of medical prescriptions in the state of Alabama.

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Court documents say the incidents happened in 2015 and 2016. In February of last year, the US drug enforcement agency raided Choice Medical Clinic in Toney, where Lloyd-Turney was in charge.

Prosecutors say Lloyd-Turney was giving some patients as many as 15 pills a day, including Oxycodone and Valium. They also say she signed blank prescription forms her staff could fill out when she was out of the office.

Lloyd Turney's medical license is still active for this year, according to the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners. At the end of the day Tuesday, the jury had been selected and attorneys for both sides gave their opening statements. The trial will continue with witness testimony on Wednesday.

Lloyd-Turney was also being sued for wrongful death for two former patients, John Okoye and Felicia Ann Kelly.

The lawsuit involving Kelly was dismissed from county court, but at least one of Kelly's relatives is expected to testify in the federal trial. The other, involving the death of Okoye, will go to trial in Madison County court in October.

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