Kilgore doctor arrested on homicide, drug charges - KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News

Kilgore doctor arrested on homicide, drug charges

Posted: Updated:
William Martin Valuck (Source: Rusk Co. Sheriff) William Martin Valuck (Source: Rusk Co. Sheriff)
KILGORE, TX (KLTV) -

There are new details about what led to a former Oklahoma doctor being arrested in East Texas. The doctor has now waived extradition to Oklahoma.

On Friday, Kilgore police and DEA agents served felony warrants for 71-year-old Dr. William Valuck on 9 counts of homicide and 43 counts of drug distribution.

When Valuck was arrested, even Kilgore police were amazed at the number of charges against him.

"The Drug Enforcement Administration asked us to help locate an individual that was here in Kilgore. Quite significant - many counts - so it was definitely somewhat unusual, I guess," said Kilgore Assistant Police Chief Roman Roberson.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics confirmed information that Valuck was the largest prescriber of controlled dangerous substances in the state of Oklahoma in a one-year period.

Licensed in Oklahoma in 2007 as an osteopathic physician and surgeon, according to agents Valuck was prescribing an estimated,  3.5 million pills a year.

In the last three months of 2012, Valuck's patients filled 215 prescriptions in 50 cities.

Valuck was allegedly prescribing drugs like hydrocodone, amphetamines and barbiturates with little or no examination.

For longtime friends like Dee Walding, what's being reported about Valuck does not line up with the man they know.

"He was just generally a good guy. It's unbelievable! The first two nights I could not sleep; I was sick at my stomach at these things that were being said about my personal friend," Walding says.

The Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners filed a complaint stating 7,391 prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances were issued or refilled by Dr. Valuck from October to December 2012. It is estimated Dr. Valuck's office was opened for six work days during this three month period in 2012, meaning he wrote 115 prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances.

Six patients died while in the care of Valuck during that time.

"The probable cause of death for these patients was drug toxicity due to a variety of controlled dangerous substances prescribed by Valuck.

Oklahoma authorities are on the way to East Texas to take Valuck back to Oklahoma to face charges.

Valuck had previously served a prison sentence in 2002 for wire fraud and money laundering convictions.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

105 West Ferguson Street
Tyler, TX 75702

FCC Public File
publicfile@kltv.com
903-597-5588
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KLTV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.