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Prosecutors Say Fargo Surgeon Took Dangerous Risks

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Prosecutors in the case of a doctor accused of drugging and raping his wife called an expert witness on Wednesday about the uses of Propofol, the same drug that killed Michael Jackson.

Dr. Jon Norberg is charged with repeatedly using the drug on his wife at their home.

Defense attorneys for Dr. Norberg say his wife made up the story to damage him after he asked her for a divorce and child custody.

Dr. Jon Norberg's wife, Dr. Alonna Norberg, stepped forward to identify herself and to deny that her husband gave her the drug with her consent.

The prosecutor's expert says Dr. Jon Norberg put his wife in danger by using Propofol at home without training or proper monitoring equipment.

"You always have to be ready to rescue the patient from deeper levels of sedation," said Dr. Steven Shafer on the stand Wednesday. "With this, that would include heavy sedation, and the possibility of compromised breathing."

The defense has yet to cross-examine the prosecution's expert. Testimony is set to resume Thursday.

ORIGINAL STORY

Prosecutors in the trial of a Fargo surgeon accused of drugging his wife and sexually assaulting her say the defendant ignored safety precautions to satisfy his sexual obsessions.

Dr. Jon Norberg is accused of raping Dr. Alonna Norberg after giving her Propofol, a powerful anesthetic that gained notoriety during the trial of the doctor who treated Michael Jackson.

Prosecutor Reid Brady said in his opening statement Tuesday that Jon Norberg "defied dangerous risks."

Defense attorney Robert Hoy said there's no physical evidence and Alonna Norberg concocted the story to use in possible divorce and child custody proceedings.

Hoy says the couple decided together to administer Propofol for Alonna Norberg's debilitating medical condition.

The Associated Press typically does not identify alleged victims of sex crimes, but Alonna Norberg has spoken publicly.

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