Hollywood nursing home owner to stand trial next summer for 12 deaths in Hurricane Irma – NBC 6 South Florida

The owner of a Hollywood nursing home, where 12 residents died in the three days after Hurricane Irma in 2017, will not face trial until next June at the earliest.

Jorge Carballo, 64, faces a dozen manslaughter charges because the victims, ages 57 to 99, were held at Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center after losing power and air conditioning , prosecutors said.

Paramedics reported that some of the victims had body temperatures of up to 108 degrees.

Carballo and his staff were criticized for not moving residents across the street to Memorial Regional Hospital which had air conditioning and power after the storm.

Carballo’s case was discussed in court on Friday afternoon.

Broward Assistant District Attorney Chris Killoran countered that Carballo was in the nursing home when he lost power but returned home.

“He could have called 911. Anyone could have called 911,” he said. “There were 126 patients. It was hell. »

Defense attorney James Cobb told Broward Circuit Judge John Murphy that the deaths were “not foreseeable”.

“He’s not a ship’s captain who’s in his cabin drinking while the ship ran aground and people died,” Cobb said. “[Carballo] was boots on the floor. He was doing the best he knew how to do. »

Defense attorney James Cobb said in Broward court on Friday that deaths at a Hollywood nursing home in 2017 after Hurricane Irma were “not predictable.”

Killoran said staff were not trained for this type of emergency.

“These people were left hanging,” he said.

Charges were dropped against the nurses Althia Meggie, Sergo Colin and Tamika Miller on September 22.

The state has more than 70 witnesses and 35 video clips to present to a six-person jury in a trial that is expected to last up to six weeks, Killoran estimated.

The victims have been identified in court records as Betty Hibbard, Carolyn Eatherly, Manuel Mendieta, Bobby Owens, Gail Nova, Miguel Franco, Cecilia Franco, Estella Hendricks, Albertina Vega, Dolores Biamonte, Carlos Canal and Martha Murray.

Elna M. Lemons