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State official facing new charges in Flint water crisis

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It could be another month before the case against Dr. Eden Wells moves forward.

Wells, the state's chief medical executive, is accused of knowing about the Legionnaires' outbreak in Genesee County and keeping quiet. Witnesses claim she threatened to cut funding to researchers unless they stopped looking for the source of Legionella.

Prosecutor Todd Flood raised the stakes against Wells. She was already accused of obstruction of justice and lying to an officer. Now, Flood served noticed that he intends to pursue additional charges of involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office.

"You give notice that at the end of the exam there will be testimony garnered in that exam that supports a bind over on these two new charges," Flood said.

Flood said testimony during Nick Lyon's preliminary exam last week prompted the new charges.

Lyons, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, is facing criminal charges for his role in the water crisis.

"Some revelations came up, yeah, that assisted us but that will all come out in court," Flood said.

Meanwhile, Wells' attorney Gerald Lax said her client is taking these new developments in stride.

"So far as we can tell she's doing just fine. She wishes she were in a position to simply perform her job, but she's doing quite well under the circumstances," Lax said.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich released this statement in response to Well's charges.

"I have said from the beginning that we need to follow where the evidence leads, and clearly the state has reason to believe that Dr. Eden Wells had a role in the Legionnaires deaths caused by water crisis. My city deserves justice, and we will only get that after every person who had a hand in poisoning Flint has been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Wells was due in court on Oct. 9, but a hearing on evidence was pushed back while prosecutors prepare to file new charges. The hearing is scheduled for November.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said she wants the people responsible for the city's water crisis to be held accountable.

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