MURRIETA (AP) — A judge has dismissed a murder charge filed against a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center where a man died after seeking help to treat a drinking problem.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Elaine Kiefer ruled Friday there was insufficient evidence to support a second-degree murder charge against A Better Tomorrow and four of its employees in the 2010 death of patient Gary Benefield.READ MORE: Police Pursuit Ends With Crash, 3 Arrests Thursday In Hollywood
In her ruling, Kiefer wrote there was no evidence the treatment center acted with malice when employees gave Benefield drugs intended to ease his discomfort.READ MORE: Water Main Break Closes Part Of La Cienega Boulevard In West Hollywood
Benefield collapsed by his bed and died shortly after arriving at A Better Tomorrow in Murrieta. His body was found in the morning.
The facility’s attorneys say the case was the first time a California corporation was accused of murder.MORE NEWS: South LA Residents Impacted By June 30th Botched Fireworks Explosion Still Dealing With Fallout
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