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Oklahoma judge rules doctor won't stand trial in patient's death

Dr. Mickey Ray Tyrrell, 40, of Vinita, had been charged in Craig County District Court with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Tammy Dawn Daniels, 35, of Vinita. Special Judge Rebecca Gore ruled there wasn't enough evidence linking the doctor to the woman's death.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: November 30, 2012

A state pharmacy database shows Tyrrell prescribed Daniels 60 20-mg OxyContin pills and 810 50-mg Demerol pills from June through August 2009, 360 of the pills in the last 30 days of her life, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Pharmacy records show Tyrrell also prescribed 30 zolpidem, 270 Demerol and 60 OxyContin pills that were not listed on the database, the affidavit states.

A urologist prescribed Daniels 255 hydrocodone pills and 60 OxyContin pills during the same time, the affidavit states.

Tyrrell told investigators with the state Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision that he only documented two of the nine prescriptions of Demerol and could not explain his actions, the affidavit states.

The board suspended him for 30 days in March 2011 and fined him $25,000. He was required to perform 200 hours of community service.

The Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Control fined Tyrrell $8,000 and suspended his license for 30 days on June 2, 2011.


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