Crime & Justice

Encino surgeon pleads not guilty in liposuction death case

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A former Encino cosmetic surgeon has been pleaded not guilty to killing a 61-year-old patient by administering a toxic mixture of drugs during liposuction surgery.

City News Service reports 46-year-old Ehab Aly Mohamed was arraigned Wednesday on involuntary manslaughter charges.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Mohamed will remain in jail where he's been since his July conviction for forgery and burglary.

Mohamed was charged in the 2010 death of Sharon Carpenter after a more than 10-hour liposuction operation in which Mohamed allegedly gave her a lethal combination of lidocaine, fentanyl and oxycodone. Mohamed was also charged with elder abuse of a 77-year-old woman who prosecutors say lost consciousness during liposuction and had ongoing health issues afterward.

If convicted, Mohamed faces up to 10 years in prison.