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Doctor accused of murder 'ready to fight' charges, attorney says

March 9, 2012 |  2:54 pm

A Rowland Heights doctor charged with murder in connection with three fatal prescription overdose deaths made a brief court appearance Friday with a new attorney. 

Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, 42, did not enter a plea to the three counts of second-degree murder and other felony counts she faces.

"She's ready to fight this case," said her attorney, T. Edward Welbourn.

Deputy Dist. Atty. John Niedermann said he turned over nearly 15,000 pages of documents to Welbourn for review. Welbourn was granted a continuance, and Tseng's arraignment was postponed until March 16.

Tseng appeared before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba in an orange jumpsuit with her hands handcuffed in front of her. She is being held at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in lieu of $3-million bail.

Tseng is charged in connection with the deaths of Vu Nguyen, 28, of Lake Forest; Joey Rovero, 21, an Arizona State University student from San Ramon, east of Oakland; and Steven Ogle, 25, of Palm Desert.

Rovero's mother, April, was present for Friday's hearing and wore a bracelet with the words "RX Abuse, One Pill Can Kill."

"It's a relief that she is locked up right now and that she will not be prescribing again and can't hurt anybody else," Rovero said.


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