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Feb 13, 2014 6:07 PM by Janine Reyes

Doctor Takes the Stand in Prescription Pill Overdose Case

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A doctor accused of prescribing pills that killed two teens back in 2010 took the stand for the better part of today.

Eighteen year old year old Brandon Garcia filled a prescription for Xanex and Hydrocodone in January 2010.

He and his friend 15-year-old Kady Lacy both died of an overdose on those pills the next day.

Garcia's family sued CVS Pharmacy for filling that prescription and Doctor Jeffrey Johnson for writing it.

CVS settled, but the trial against the doctor started earlier this week.

Attorneys for Garcia's family questioned the doctor today about his decision to write such a strong dose on the drugs after seeing Garcia for just minutes. Garcia tried to get other doctors to write that same prescription unsuccessfully. He then got Johnson to write it at Bayside Medical Center, an urgent care facility. It was Johnson's first time seeing Garcia.

Attorneys argued that because Johnson wrote that prescription and Garcia filled it for just $3 each bottle, he negligently caused the boy's death. They argued the teen could not have otherwise afforded the drugs paying street value.

The doctor disagreed, saying that because Garcia tried getting that prescription prior to seeing him, it was likely he would have continued trying and get the drugs.

Testimony continues tomorrow in Judge Nanette Hassette's court.


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