Physician Faces Murder Charges for 3 Liposuction Deaths

A Maricopa County grand jury has indicted a physician, an assistant and a homeopath on charges ranging from second-degree murder and manslaughter to practicing medicine without a license.

The charges come 15 months after the physician's Anthem office was shutdown and almost two years after the first of three patients died after liposuction procedures at the office.

Dr. Peter Normann, the physician who performed liposuctions and other procedures, has been charged in Superior Court with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of manslaughter.

Gary Page, the homeopath, was charged with one count of manslaughter.

Jose Andres Lopez, a licensed massage therapist working with Normann, faces eight counts of practicing medicine without a license from September 2006 to April 2007.

The matter came to public attention in July 2007, when the Arizona Medical Board suspended Normann's license. That was a week after the third patient, Leslie Ann Ray, died.

The board banned Normann from performing liposuctions after the deaths of Ralph Gonzalez in December 2006 and Alicia Santizo Blanco in April 2007.

Normann allegedly turned to Page to perform the surgery on Ray.

Page surrendered his license in March. Page, who had a homeopathic license, was never authorized to perform invasive medical procedures.

Neither Page, Lopez or Normann could be reached for comment.

Page and Lopez were arrested and booked at Maricopa County Jail and were later released.

Normann is believed to be in Germany. The sheriff's office is in the process of getting a warrant to arrest Normann.