Two Cobb County doctors have been indicted on felony murder charges, tied to the deaths of two patients while performing cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Nedra Dodds and another doctor, Kevin McCowan, were indicted by a Cobb County Grand Jury Thursday. Dodds and McCowan face two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated battery, and two counts of theft by deception.
“We came to the conclusion that criminal acts had in fact occurred,” Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said.
April Jenkins died in February 2013 while undergoing liposuction performed by Dodds. The medical examiner found a perforation in Jenkins' diaphragm, as well as multiple puncture wounds to her liver. Complete Coverage: We've covered this story since 2013. See the archive Four months after Jenkins' death, another woman, Erica Beaubrun, died during a buttocks reduction performed by Dodds.
CBS46 began investigating Dodds in November 2013 after accusations of misconduct.
"The reality is that a lot of the credit in this case or at least a lot of the impotence for us to start looking into this case stems from the investigation you and your channel did. We kept an eye on what you were doing on 46 and we paid attention to the investigation and the investigative reporting that you did,” Reynolds said.
Dodds' license was suspended in February 2014 after Georgia's medical board found that her "continued practice of medicine poses a threat to the public health, safety and welfare."
The medical board then initiated a hearing to determine whether or not Dodds' license should be revoked. Based on testimony from that hearing, Judge Michael Malihi said, "Dr. Dodds license to practice medicine should be revoked."
“Dr. Dodds’ conduct grossly departed from the level of care that every patient should expect,” Judge Malihi said. “The overwhelming evidence in the present case demonstrates that Dr. Dodds’ continued practice poses an unacceptable risk to the health and welfare of citizens of this state.
Dodds had an opportunity to file for a review hearing with the state, but never did, leading to the revocation of her license.
“These individuals were indicted for aggravated battery, that’s the underlying felony that resulted in the death of these two individuals,” Reynolds said. “A felony murder carries a mandatory life sentence.”
Both McCowan and Dodds are in custody at the Cobb County Jail.
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