Clayton County psychiatrist indicted on 3 felony murder charges

Narendra Nagareddy (Source: Clayton County)

A Clayton County psychiatrist linked to the deaths of 36 patients has been indicted on three counts of felony murder and 57 charges of unauthorized distribution of controlled substances.

Investigators said Doctor Narendra Nagareddy regularly over-prescribed prescription medication for no legitimate reason. Police said at least 12 of the patients that have died have been because of an overdose.

Thirty-three other alleged victims named in the affidavit were not presented to this grand jury because they didn't die in Clayton County.

In early March, CBS46 tracked down Doctor Nagareddy to a home in Henry County.

"I'm explaining to you, sir, I'm an honest man," Nagareddy told a reporter from behind the door. "I look after all the severely mentally ill patients, please understand, sir."

But court records obtained by CBS46 allege the doctor was not properly taking care of his patients at his Jonesboro office. A search warrant shows investigators used surveillance evidence and undercover operations to dig deep into the alleged pill mill run at Psychiatry Associates of South Atlanta. Records allege "Dr. Nagareddy has regularly prescribed excessive amounts of controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose, resulting in the abuse and diversion of the prescribed controlled substances."

Records also alleged patients have received medication "without presenting previous medical records, MRI's, x-rays, or prescription records."

Despite being a licensed medical doctor in the field of psychiatry, investigators wrote in their report he "routinely prescribed narcotic controlled substances for pain, which is outside of the normal course of his practice."

Police arrested Nagareddy at his home. He is being held without bond.

A court date has been set for July 7.

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