LAS VEGAS -- Dr. Dipak Desai, the man at the center of hepatitis C outbreak in 2007, will go to a Reno area mental hospital for more evaluation after being found mentally incompetent to stand trial on criminal charges.
"Doctor Bradley and Doctor Krelstein have found Doctor Desai to be not competent," said District Court Judge Jackie Glass.
About 50,000 valley residents had to get tested for hepatitis C and 110 people were infected with the disease due to what police called criminal negligence during medical procedures.
"He's scum, basically. You're trying to get rich off of people's health," said former patient Rose Duncan who was outside the courthouse.
Judge Glass ordered Desai to surrender on March 17, 2011. At that time, he will be booked and processed through the jail system. Overcrowding at the Lakes Crossing facility in Reno prevents him from going earlier.
"His condition presently does not negate the fact that what he did in 2003, 2004,2005 all the way through 2007 was to harm other people. He knew what he was doing then," said Karen Morrow, who says she was infected by hepatitis C because of Desai's careless medical procedures.
Desai did not speak in court or answer any reporter questions following the hearing. He will be free until his surrender in March.