Brian Nadler: Eastern Ontario doctor facing 3 new murder charges

An eastern Ontario doctor who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of a patient is facing three new murder charges, Ontario Provincial Police have announced.

Brian Nadler, 35, was charged in 2021 in connection with the death of 89-year-old Albert Poindinger, of Pointe-Claire, Que on March 25. Nadler worked at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital at the time.

Police said they were investigating multiple suspicious deaths at the hospital, but never revealed how many and indicated the investigation would be lengthy.

Nadler’s medical license was suspended shortly after he was charged. He was released on bail in July 2021 with several conditions, including a ban on practicing medicine.

In a news release, OPP said Nadler was arrested and charged Wednesday with three additional counts of first-degree murder.

Police say the charges stem from the deaths of Claire Briere, 80, of Rigaud, Que.; Lorraine Lalande, 79, of Hawkesbury, Ont.; and Judith Lungulescu, 93, of East Hawkesbury Township, Ont.

OPP Acting Sgt. Erin Cranton would not release any details on the investigation into the deaths of the three women.

“The investigation began March 25 in 2021 when officers from the Hawkesbury detachment were called to the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital to investigate deaths that had occurred,” Cranton told CTV News.

The Hawkesbury and District General Hospital said Ontario Provincial Police notified staff that Nadler was facing three additional charges.

“These charges relate to the deaths of three patients under his care,” Hawkesbury and District General Hospital said in a statement.

“HGH fully collaborating with the OPP investigation and legal proceedings being initiated. Our immediate concern is for the families of the sick patients and we are committed to them with the appropriate care and support.”

Online obituaries show both Lorraine Lalande and Judith Lungulescu passed away at the Hawkesbury General Hospital on March 25, 2021.

Lalande was a mother of four, and had “many grandchildren,” according to the obit on the Berthiaume Funeral Home website.

Lungulescu was a long-time resident of Hudson, Que. She is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren.

Nadler’s lawyers said in a statement their client maintains his innocence.

“The claims against Dr. Nadler will be vigorously defended. All four patients died of Covid-19 and Dr. Nadler provided excellent palliative care. When the facts are fully presented, we are confident that he will be vindicated.” – Statement from Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein LLP

“The claims against Dr. Nadler will be vigorously defended,” Brian Greenspan, David Humphrey and Naomi Lutes said Wednesday afternoon.

“All four patients died of Covid-19 and Dr. Nadler provided excellent palliative care. When the facts are fully presented, we are confident that he will be vindicated.”

The lawyers said Nadler was released from custody on consent on the same terms and conditions as his previous release.

Police say the investigation remains ongoing.

“This is a very complex case. In order to conduct a thorough investigation it takes time and the investigation is still ongoing,” Cranton said, adding anyone with information should contact the Hawkesbury OPP Detachment.