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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo: Prescribing Poison

     Dr. Ana Maria Gonzales-Angulo and her colleague (and lover) Dr. George Blumenschein were on the staff at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Gonzales-Angulo, a breast cancer oncologist had attended medical school at the University of Cauca in Colombia, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical center in Miaimi, then finished her training at the University of Texas Medical School. She had been with the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center since 2003. Dr. Blumenschein graduated from Vanderbilt University and the University of Texas Medical School. As a specialist in lung, heart and neck cancers, he had been on the cancer center staff since 2000.

     On May 29, 2013, a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney's Office, based upon information received from investigators with the University of Texas Police Department, charged Dr. Gonzales-Angulo with aggravated assault. The doctor stood accused of poisoning Dr. Blumenschein's coffee with ethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze and medical research.

     According to the criminal complaint, the poisoning took place in Dr. Gonzales-Angulo's Houston apartment. Dr. Blumenschein, after sipping a cup of coffee made by Dr. Gonzales-Angulo, complained of its sweet taste. Dr. Gonzales-Angulo allegedly informed him that she had added Splenda to his drink and urged him to finish it. After drinking a second cup of Dr. Gonzales-Angulo's coffee that evening, Dr. Blumenschein began slurring his speech.

     Sixteen hours after drinking the two cups of coffee, paramedics rushed Dr. Blumenschein to a nearby emergency room where doctors diagnosed him with central nervous system damage, cardiopulmonary problems, and renal (kidney) failure. (The doctor would subsequently undergo dialysis treatment.)

     Three toxicological tests of Dr. Blumenschein's urine revealed the presence of crystals consistent with ethylene glycol poisoning. (By the time the toxicological analysis took place, the ethylene glycol had been metabolized.)

     Police officers booked Dr. Gonzales-Angulo into the Harris County Jail on May 30, 2013. Shortly thereafter she posted her $50,000 bond and was released. Officials at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center placed the doctor on administrative leave. Her attorney, Derek Hollingsworth, told reporters that his client "is completely innocent. She is a distinguished citizen and scientist," he said, "and these allegations are totally inconsistent with her personal and professional life."

     In September 2013, a Harris County Grand Jury indicted Dr. Gonzales-Angulo on one count of aggravated assault.

     At the Gonzales-Angulo trial, the assistant district attorney put on 22 witnesses include a man who said the defendant, just weeks before Dr. Blumenschein's poisoning, had boasted of having killed others in her native Colombia. The prosecutor, in referring to Dr. Gonzales-Angulo in his closing argument, said, "You can't fix evil.

     The Gonzales-Angulo defense consisted mainly of the argument that the prosecution, in this circumstantial case, had not carried its burden of proof.

     On September 26, 2014, a jury in a Houston, Texas courtroom took less than six hours to find Dr. Gonzalez-Angulo guilty as charged. The judge sentenced her to ten years in prison.

     Gonzales-Angulo could have been sentenced up to 99 years in prison, but instead will be eligible for parole in 2019.
   

     

21 comments:

  1. So, why she did it? Why would she jeopardized her entire life? No motive has been put in the spot yet...

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  2. I do not buy this.. No motive at all. Who drinks two cups of sugar tasting coffee if you like it balck without sugar.. No sense

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    1. No motive?? are you stupid?? read the news again... she was blind by jealousy.

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  3. You are pepectly right!!! No sense

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  4. I don't understand. Why would this man drink coffee that tasted sweet if he didn't drink it that way? Why would he think it acceptable that his girlfriend suddenly forgot how he took his coffee? If they were home, wouldn't it make more sense to dump the cup and pour another one? And what's the motive? There's a lot of information missing here.

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  5. He was "dating" two doctors at the same hospital at teh same time. Who knows what happened. But, why on earth would this smart doctor risk her life for his? Something doesn't add up.

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  6. You do not need a motive in a felony assault case.

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  7. In reality, what you called a prominent physician is a manipulative person, who is psychopath, who was known in Miami as a poor physician and liar.

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    1. Interesting, looks like you know this person, maybe you can be called as a witness...who knows...

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    2. Yes, you have to be dumb and blind not to see that she's a Psychopath!!

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  8. Strange wordpress site has popped up this summer. Poorly written no information site touting Dr. Gonzalez-Angulo's credentials. I wonder if there is about to be movement on the case.

    http://dranamariagonzalezangulo.wordpress.com

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    1. DO you believe that somebody as Ana Gonzalez, a scientist takes time to do that?. Everything is circumstantial. Judge ad Jury did not have enough evidences against her.

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  9. Honestly, she is too smart to do this. On the other hand, he sounds sleazy.

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    1. You're the one who's not smart. She was blind by jealousy.

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    2. Total agree. Just an stupid person can believe that. She was condemned,no en basis true evidences, just circumstantial

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  10. I feel for Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez. I do not think she did it. I think Dr. Blumenschein´s girlfriend did it and was clever enough to cover it up. Tears when she took the stand playing the victim... poor girl!

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  11. Listen to the taped phone calls.
    She sounds like a pissed off teenager!
    I don't give a crap what her IQ is. She is a psychopath! Millions of women have had a man cheat on them! Do we torture them with poison in a bid to murder them!? NO! We move on!

    It is a travesty she only got 10 years! Her license to practice should be yanked for life!!

    The people standing up for her are beyond disgusting! This woman took an oath to do no harm!! People who have been the very few to survive ethylene glycol have said they wished they were shot or set on fire....it would have been kinder than ethylene glycol poisoning!!

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  12. Ana is too smart to poison George in that way. Who got the most benefits after all? I think Dr. Blumenschein´s girlfriend did it. All of them should know how much of that chemical will kill a person.

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  13. She had nothing but a biased trial. Only ideas and suspicious behavior, played by a common equation: Colombian=Coffee;Colombian=violence therefore a crime. This typical equation resonates with the culture of prejudice so common in Texas. Good prosecutor, bad defense= Jail time.

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  14. There was no concrete evidence - they never tested the coffee mugs he said contained the sweet coffee. Not guilty, totally circumstantial and the MD Anderson doctors and staff that testified against her - slime

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  15. I just watched this again and without testing the coffee mugs there is no way to "prove" that she did it. It is supposed to be beyond a reasonable doubt, without testing the mugs there is reasonable doubt. Was she a little crazy, maybe and I think that's what got her convicted.

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