Jury begins deliberations in Madison County pill mill trial

Jury begins deliberations in Madison County pill mill trial

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - It will be another day before we know whether a jury returns a verdict in Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney trial. She's accused of over- prescribing pain pills. The jury deliberated for a few minutes before going home for the day.

Late Wednesday afternoon the jury began deliberating. The jury must decide whether Lloyd-Turney deliberately and knowingly over prescribed pain medication.

It’s been more than a week of back and forth in the Lloyd-Turney trial. She is the doctor accused of over prescribing pain pills to her patients.

The 66-year-old doctor testified on her own behalf again Wednesday.

We learned more about a consent agreement the doctor signed in 2017. She admitted to the Alabama Medical Board she excessively prescribed controlled substances but also noted to the jury she didn't necessarily agree to what she signed but it was recommended by her lawyers.

In that agreement she also agreed not to prescribe high dosage opioids to patients and to frequently give her patients drug tests. The government said she broke that agreement because she continued to write high dosages, sometimes seven times more the standard amount, and hardly gave out drug screens.

​In criminal cases for the state of Alabama all jurors must agree unanimously.

Lloyd-Turney faces 15 charges.

Court will resume Thursday morning. A verdict is expected sometime this week.

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