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Doctor Charged With Murder in Connection to Joey Rovero's Death

Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng was charged with second-degree murder in connection with Rovero's death and two others.

More than two years after graduate Joey Rovero died in his sleep after taking a fatal cocktail of perscription drugs, a doctor has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the 21-year-old's death.

Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, 42, was taken into custody by investigators from the state's Medical Board and was scheduled to make her first appearance at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse Friday.

Along with the death of Rovero, Tseng is being charged with second-degree murder for two others: Vu Nguyen, 29, of Lake Forest and Steven Ogle, 25, of Palm Desert. All three deaths occurred in 2009.

She is also charged with 20 counts of prescribing drugs without a legitimate purpose and one count of prescribing drugs using fraud — all felonies.

If convicted of all the charges, she faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in prison, the Huffington Post reports.

The medical board alleges that Rovero filled prescriptions written by Tseng for Xanax and Oxycodone after his first and only visit to her on Dec. 9, 2009 on a complaint of anxiety and pain in his low back, hand and wrist, and that he overdosed and died on Dec. 18, 2009.

An autopsy determined that he died from acute intoxication of Oxycodone and Xanax, and that the autopsy also showed alcohol in his body, according to the document.

, Rovero's mother, April, said her son was not a drug addict but simply took the wrong mixture of prescription pills on the wrong night.

"My son did not want to die. He just didn't know how powerful these drugs are," said Rovero. "Joey could be anybody's kid and he should still be alive."

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Renae Wilber March 02, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Xanax is the devil's drug. Should only be used for short term use. Too often prescribed like candy and has many averse effects that most people don't know about. I think the doctors and pharmaceuticals are sleeping together. This is incredibly sad.
Renae Wilber March 02, 2012 at 11:35 PM
p.s. Watch your elderly parents CLOSELY when prescribed Xanax.
Patrick McDonald March 03, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Refreshing to see the press covering this story, as they certainly should. Now, we need you media folk to take the initiative to root out what those of us who investigate misbehaving MDs already know - namely, that errant MDs and medicine gone wild kills and maims more innocent citizens than any other group of "professionals" in society. We are all aware, of course, of the Michael Jackson death trial, where Conrad Murray thought it prudent to play his midnight Propofol games, for fun & profit. What few Americans appear to realize, however, is that from the date of Murray's Manslaughter charge, to the date of his conviction, almost exactly 2,100 OTHER physicians were found responsible for Felony-level behavior. But you didn't hear a peep of any of this, during the incessant psycho-babble called Health Care Reform debates, did you? Why do you suppose that is?

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