Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Backers Rally in Support of Chua; NOT GUILTY ... Supporters at Thursday's Rally Say the Physician Has Done No Wrong. ... OR GUILTY Prosecutors Are Busy Recording Their "Evidence" in His Murder Trial

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Backers Rally in Support of Chua; NOT GUILTY ... Supporters at Thursday's Rally Say the Physician Has Done No Wrong. ... OR GUILTY Prosecutors Are Busy Recording Their "Evidence" in His Murder Trial

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Byline: PAUL PINKHAM

WOODBINE -- Friends and former patients of Noel Chua gathered on the courthouse lawn to pray for justice Thursday, the anniversary of the St. Marys doctor's arrest on felony murder charges in the drug overdose of a patient.

Meanwhile, prosecutors filed documents in court accusing Chua, 45, of prescription irregularities involving 16 other patients, including signing blank prescription forms and issuing narcotics to a dog.

District Attorney Stephen Kelley informed the court and Chua's lawyers he plans to use the documents as evidence in Chua's murder trial next month.

Chua is charged with felony murder and 17 violations of Georgia's Controlled Substances Act in the 2005 death of college student Jamie Carter, 20. Carter was a patient of Chua's who worked in his office and lived in his Osprey Cove home while attending college in Kingsland. He died in Chua's home from multi-drug intoxication, the coroner ruled.

To the roughly 40 Chua supporters who gathered Thursday afternoon in front of the Camden County Courthouse, the death was a horrible accident, compounded by Chua's arrest on Sept. 13, 2006.

"They're doing an injustice by keeping him in there," said Virgil Lynn of Harriet's Bluff. He pointed across the parking lot to the Camden County jail, where Chua has been held without bail since his arrest.

"I'm 78 years old, and I've never met a doctor like him," Lynn said. "He's done no wrong."

Many of the supporters wore T-shirts that read: "We support Dr. Chua. A good doctor." And they prayed in English and Tagalog for justice, for the Carter family and district attorney, for Chua's innocence. Tagalog is the predominant dialect in Chua's native Philippines. Two Fillipino-American supporters, who came from Atlanta, said a similar rally for Chua was scheduled there Thursday night.

"He's been in a fiery furnace [but] he is going to be out of there," said Mary Ann Seman of St. Marys. "He is going to be with us. We're excited about that."

But inside the courthouse, prosecutors cited 30 other instances of sloppy or unsafe prescription practices they plan to use as evidence against Chua when he goes on trial Oct. …

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