Doctor's conviction in nurse's death reinstated

DETROIT (AP) -- A federal appeals court has reinstated the murder conviction of a Detroit-area doctor who is serving a life sentence for the death of a nurse 30 years ago.

The court said Dr. Jasubhai Desai's rights weren't violated when prosecutors used a confession from a man who said he was hired to kill Ann Marie Turetzky. She was a nurse and Desai's partner in two suburban Detroit clinics.

A federal judge threw out Desai's conviction last year, noting that the confession came through a second party. But the appeals court reversed that decision Wednesday.

Desai wasn't charged until 1995, 12 years after Turetzky's death. It took another six years to hold a trial as Desai argued that too much time had elapsed between the murder and the charges.

Published: Mon, Oct 14, 2013