No ruling on doc's competency in Vegas hep C case 

A Nevada state psychiatrist testified Friday that, despite two strokes, the embattled former physician-owner of Las Vegas outpatient clinics at the center of a 2008 hepatitis outbreak is mentally competent to stand trial on criminal charges.

Dr. Steven Zuchowski (zoo-KOW-skee) treated Dipak Desai (DEE'-pak des-EYE') last year at the Lakes Crossing state mental facility in Sparks.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports ( ) that Zuchowski testified Friday that Desai's memory was affected by strokes in 2007 and 2008, but that he was still fit to stand trial,

Clark County District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney made no immediate decision on Desai's competency.

She wants prosecutors and defense attorney Richard Wright to submit written summaries of their arguments next week.

If Delaney rules Desai is competent, trial is due to begin in March.

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