MD Anderson doctor accused of poisoning co-worker's coffee out on bail


Doctor Ana Maria Gonzales-Angulo is charged with aggravated assault of a family member after police say she poisoned Dr. George Blumenschein.

She allegedly slipped a lethal dose of a chemical that is found in anti-freeze into his coffee in January. He is still in the hospital suffering from a number of complications.

Gonzales-Angulo is on paid administrative leave from M.D. Anderson.

Gonzalez-Angulo is out on bond and had to turn over her passport. Her lawyer, Derek S. Hollingsworth, issued the following statement:

"Dr. Gonzalez-Angulo is completely innocent. She is a distinguished citizen and scientist, and these allegations are totally inconsistent with her personal and professional life. Although I have all the respect in the world for law enforcement, it is clear to me that the University of Texas Police Department jumped the gun in this case and filed charges that should never have been filed. We now have met with the Harris County District Attorney's Office several times and we have been assured that they are going to take a fresh and careful look at this case.

"We will continue to completely cooperate with them. I am comfortable that ultimately, they will do the right thing. Because I want the DA's office to be able handle this case without outside media influence, I will refrain from commenting further at this time."

She is expected back in court next month.

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