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Jury Issues $8M Verdict Against Ex-Doctor

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut jury has issued an $8 million verdict against a former doctor found liable in a 2009 murder-suicide in Vernon.

A lawyer in the civil case says the Waterbury Superior Court jury returned the verdict Monday against former Tolland doctor Carl Koplin, after having found him liable for the deaths of James Morrin and his wife, Alice Morrin.

Police say James Morrin killed his wife and himself in their home on June 29, 2009. Koplin was James Morrin’s doctor. James Morrin’s family sued Koplin for malpractice, saying Koplin failed to diagnose Morrin’s mental health problems and refer him to a psychiatrist.

Koplin’s lawyer says the judge in the case improperly allowed testimony harmful to the defense.

Koplin currently is serving an unrelated four-year federal prison sentence for child pornography.

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