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Drug Trafficking

Rare murder trial ahead for ex-pill mill doctor

Rare murder trial ahead for ex-pill mill doctor

It's one of the rare times a doctor in Florida may go to trial on first-degree murder charges in a patient's overdose death. In the case of Dr. Gerald Klein, a Palm Beach County jury later this summer will decide if the 81-year-old physician killed Joseph Bartolucci, 24. Klein's trial is expected to last a month, starting with jury selection Aug. 17. It will focus on the West Palm Beach man's death, as well as so-called "pill mills" — pain clinics where doctors illegally dole out prescription drugs. State prosecutors say Bartolucci died Feb. 28, 2009 after taking a massive dose of a narcotic and an anti-anxiety drug. Klein had prescribed them a day...