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Authorities in NYC charge doctor from NJ with manslaughter in drug overdose deaths

A New York City doctor is facing manslaughter charges after investigators say he caused the overdose deaths of two patients.

The charges are contained in indictment announced Thursday against Stan Li. Authorities said previously that Li provided 24 prescriptions filled by David Laffer, who killed four people in a 2011 Long Island pharmacy robbery.

Li operated a pain management clinic in Queens. The indictment accuses the 58-year-old physician of prescribing lethal amounts of highly addictive prescription medications to two men who overdosed. The drugs included oxycodone and Xanax.

Li, of Hamilton, N.J., was awaiting a court appearance Thursday. The name of his attorney wasn't immediately available.

Laffer is serving a life sentence for the pharmacy killings. His wife drove the getaway car and is serving 25 years.

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