The Latest: Authorities: Pharmacist disregarded human lives

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, Glenn Chin, supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center, leaves federal court after attending the first day of his trial in Boston. Chin, a Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly meningitis outbreak has been cleared of murder allegations. A Boston jury on Wednesday, Oct. 25, found Chin not guilty of causing the deaths of 25 people who were injected with mold-tainted drugs. But jurors found convicted Chin of mail fraud and racketeering. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

BOSTON — The Latest on the murder acquittal of a pharmacist charged in a deadly meningitis outbreak (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

Federal authorities say a verdict in the case of a Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak holds him responsible for his role in one of the largest public health crises in U.S. history.

The U.S. attorney's office released a statement Wednesday after a jury found Glenn Chin not guilty of causing the deaths of 25 people who were injected with mold-tainted drugs but convicted him of mail fraud and racketeering.

The 2012 outbreak killed 76 people and sickened hundreds of others and was traced to contaminated steroid injections made by the New England Compounding Center.

Prosecutors say Chin ran the clean room operations "with depraved disregard for human lives."

Chin's attorney says he sees the verdict as a victory.

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7 p.m.

An attorney for a Massachusetts pharmacist cleared of murder in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak says he sees the verdict as a victory.

A Boston jury on Wednesday found Glenn Chin not guilty of causing the deaths of 25 people who were injected with mold-tainted drugs but convicted him of mail fraud and racketeering.

The 2012 outbreak killed 76 people and sickened hundreds of others and was traced to contaminated steroid injections made by the New England Compounding Center.

Chin oversaw the rooms where the drugs were made.

Chin's attorney said Wednesday prosecutors overreached by charging Chin with second-degree murder acts.

Scott Shaw, whose mother Elwina died after she was injected with the contaminated drugs, says he was surprised and disappointed jurors refused to find Chin responsible for the deaths.

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6:20 p.m.

A Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak has been cleared of murder.

A Boston jury on Wednesday found Glenn Chin not guilty of causing the deaths of 25 people who were injected with mold-tainted drugs but convicted him of mail fraud and racketeering.

The 2012 outbreak killed 76 people and sickened hundreds of others and was traced to contaminated steroid injections made by the New England Compounding Center.

Chin oversaw the rooms where the drugs were made.

Chin's attorneys tried to place the blame on the pharmacy's co-founder, Barry Cadden.

Cadden was acquitted of second-degree murder but was convicted of conspiracy and fraud. He tearfully apologized to victims as he was sentenced in June to nine years in prison.

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5:45 p.m.

Jurors have reached a verdict in the case of a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with murder in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people.

The jury began deliberations Monday in the federal case against Glenn Chin, and a verdict was reached Wednesday at Boston's federal courthouse.

The verdict could be announced as early as Wednesday evening.

Chin was the supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding.

The outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections was blamed on contaminated injections of medical steroids, given mostly to people with back pain.

Prosecutors say Chin failed to properly sterilize the drugs and instructed his staff to use expired ingredients and ignore cleaning.

Chin's attorneys say prosecutors failed to show he caused the drugs to become contaminated.

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