Utah Supreme Court considers doctors’ role in 2008 fatal church shooting

| November 6, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's Supreme Court justices were asked Wednesday to decide whether doctors can be held responsible for the actions of a man who fatally shot his wife while under their care.

Attorneys for the children of Kristy Ragsdale say medical providers have a duty to consider the consequences of the drugs they prescribe and the broader impact a patient's treatment may have on a family.

Ragsdale, 30, was gunned down by her husband outside a Lehi church — and in front of her two children — in 2008.

David Ragsdale pleaded guilty to the murder and is serving a life sentence. He claimed he would not have shot his wife if he hadn't been taking a mixture of psychotropic drugs.

The children were 4 years old and 19 months old at the time of the shooting. Their conservator sued their father's medical providers — nurse practitioner Trina West, Dr. Hugo Rodier and Pioneer Comprehensive Medical Clinic.

A state judge threw out the case in January. The appeal was heard Wednesday in a makeshift courtroom on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo.



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