Nine deaths blamed on former Oklahoma doctor

The deaths of nine people are being blamed on a former doctor, William Martin Valuck.
Oklahoman Modified: December 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: December 29, 2013
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Here from court and police records are the deaths being blamed on a former doctor, William Martin Valuck:

Victoria Pretzer died of a drug overdose Nov. 28, 2012, one day after the doctor prescribed her 470 pills.

Michelle Salazar died of a drug overdose Dec. 5, 2012, a month after the doctor prescribed her painkillers and Valium.

Jennifer Zimmerman died Dec. 6, 2013, a day after the doctor prescribed her 330 pills. Relatives said she had been addicted to painkillers for many years and was obviously under the influence in the hours before she died. Zimmerman had been putting up a Christmas tree and was found unconscious by relatives with her arm resting on a bundle of lighted Christmas lights.

Ronald Banton died after his vehicle was struck from behind Dec. 9, 2013. Oklahoma City police arrested Dustin Shane Hall, 31, on complaints of driving under the influence of drugs and causing a fatal accident. Valuck had prescribed Hall 450 pills earlier that day.

Paul Beesley died Dec. 6, 2012 of a probable drug overdose. Valuck had prescribed him 450 pills Nov. 20, 2012.

Christina Green died of a drug overdose Sept. 20, 2012. Valuck had prescribed her 510 pills April 26, 2012. Valuck prescribed her sister-in-law 480 pills Sept. 11, 2012. Relatives said the two shared pills.

Joyce Curnett died of a drug overdose Dec. 30, 2012, two days after the doctor prescribed her 600 pills.

Lorra Hilton died of a drug overdose Nov. 2, 2012, two days after the doctor prescribed her 300 pills. She also had received 180 pills during the clinic visit by a physician's assistant.

SaShawn Saatian died Aug. 8, 2013, of a drug overdose, a day after the doctor prescribed hr 240 pills.


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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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