Former doctor accused of murder now faces malpractice suit in Oklahoma

William Martin Valuck, 71, a former doctor charged with nine counts of murder in Oklahoma County and accused of overprescribing pain medicine that led to the deaths of eight patients, is being sued by the husband of one of the patients who died of drug toxicity.
by Matt Dinger Modified: February 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm •  Published: February 26, 2014
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A former Oklahoma City doctor accused in the deaths of nine patients is named in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County District Court.

William Martin Valuck, 71, is charged with nine counts of first-degree murder and 72 counts of illegal distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

Prosecutors allege the former osteopathic physician and surgeon prescribed excessive amounts of painkillers, anxiety drugs and muscle relaxers, which led to fatal drug overdoses of eight patients and caused a ninth patient to have a fatal car crash.

The husband of patient Joyce Cathline Curnett filed the lawsuit Feb. 19 on her behalf. Curnett was prescribed approximately 600 pills Dec. 28, 2012. She died of drug toxicity two days later, according to the petition.

Valuck’s physician assistant, Michael E. Hume, and the clinic where they practiced also are named as defendants.

The petition claims Valuck failed to render appropriate medical care, prescribed dangerous medications in large quantities improperly and failed to protect the health and safety of Curnett.

A lack of appropriate follow-up care and failure to properly supervise Hume also are claimed in the petition.

Valuck’s “conduct was wanton in nature or showed a reckless disregard for the health and safety of the Plaintiff, showing gross neglect in the management of Ms. Curnett’s pain,” the petition states.

Valuck remains in the Oklahoma County jail with no bail set. His preliminary hearing is April 4.


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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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