Doctor Accused Of Murder Booked In Oklahoma County Jail

Monday, December 30th 2013, 10:35 pm
By: News 9

An Oklahoma doctor accused of murder is in the Oklahoma County Jail without bond.

Dr. William Valuck was picked up in Texas for Oklahoma warrants on nine homicides and 43 counts of unlawful distribution of controlled dangerous substances.

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Drug agents said Dr. Valuck doled out 12,000 more prescriptions for controlled dangerous drugs than the state's second largest prescriber.

"I cried, I cried when I heard about it," Janae Banton said.

Banton's husband, Ronald, and their 5-year-old son were driving December 9 when police said Dustin Hall crashed into them near N.E. 10th and Standish.

Ronald Banton was killed.

Hall was arrested on complaints of driving under the influence and News 9 has learned Hall was a patient of Dr. Valuck.

"It was shocking, I was hurt really to find out that he was connected to everything," said Janae Banton.

Court records show on the day of the crash, Hall went to see Dr. Valuck.

Agents said Hall was prescribed and received painkillers, muscle relaxants and anxiety medicine for a total of 450 pills before the deadly crash.

"A shocker for me." Janae Banton added.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Drug Enforcement Administration agents have been investigating Valuck for a year after a series of deadly overdoses.

Agents said the 71-year-old Valuck prescribed massive amounts of controlled drugs to numerous patients after no or hardly any medical examination.

Court documents show 31-year-old Hall went to Valuck for back pain after rotating between six other pain doctors.

Agents said Valuck gave Hall multiple prescriptions, but "never established a legitimate medical need."

Investigators said various metro pharmacies have refused to fill Valuck's prescriptions.

"I hope that he's ready to not only repent for his sins, but to pay for them also," Janae Banton explained.