A Clayton County judge ruled home confinement and set a bond of $456,000 for a psychiatrist accused of causing deaths of three of his patients with overdose.
In the previous month, a Clayton County grand jury judge imposed a 62- count indictment against Narendra K. Nagareddy as he was accused of murdering Audrey Austin, David Robinson, and Cheryl Pennington. The three died with overdoses of hydrocodone, methadone, oxycodone, fentanyl and other powerful and highly addictive drugs, prescribed by Nagareddy.
Nagareddy, who appeared in court in the conventional orange jail jumpsuit, has been charged with 59 counts of writing prescriptions for drugs that are not included in the boundaries of normal professional practice. They had been prescribed without any legitimate medical purpose, or not signed on the date of prescription.
After the witnesses for the state and defense testified against him, Superior Court Judge Matthew Simmons set the bond at $100,000 for every felony murder count and $1,000 each on the 56 counts related to prescriptions. Nagareddy had already paid a $100,000 bond in January after he was arrested in the case initially.
Nagareddy will have to remain confined in his McDonough home. He has already given up the Clayton County building where he practiced, and also his Mercedes Benz as a part of an initial deal connected to the case. He no longer has the right to practice medicine.
Steven Frey, one of Nagareddy’s attorneys, thanked the court in his statement after the ruling, saying that they were pleased that the court considered their argument and deemed it appropriate.
About 25 people who were family, friends and supporters came up for Nagareddy’s bond hearing at 9 a.m.
Nagareddy had undergone an year-long investigation by the time he was arrested on Jan. 14 by the Drug Enforcement Administration task force. He faced one felony drug charge for prescribing pain medications illegally. By the time he was arrested, around three dozen of the patients had died with the controlled substances he had prescribed, investigators allege.
He came out on $100,000 bond after being indicted by the grand jury, in the previous month, with three felony murder counts and 56 counts related to prescription drugs.