Ex-hospital worker's lawyer: Oct. trial likely

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A lawyer for a traveling hospital worker accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C says his client probably won't stand trial in New Hampshire until October.

David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee) pleaded not guilty earlier this month to 14 federal charges of tampering with a consumer product and illegally obtaining drugs.

His trial is scheduled for February, but prosecutors have said it likely would be delayed, given the case's complexity. Kwiatkowski's lawyer said Tuesday that October is likely.

Until May, Kwiatkowski worked at Exeter Hospital, where 32 patients have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. Before that, he worked as a traveling technologist in seven states, moving from job to job despite having been fired twice over allegations of drug use and theft.

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