Judge tosses case against administrator in Hollywood Hills nursing home trial

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – On Friday, a judge acquitted the Hollywood nursing home administrator accused of manslaughter in the deaths of 12 patients in 2017 following Hurricane Irma.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power to its chiller, disabling the air conditioning.

Administrator Jorge Carballo faced nine counts of aggravated manslaughter. He was accused of not properly caring for his residents, not moving them out of the facility and then going home.

Two weeks into the trial, the judge agreed with a defense motion to acquit Carballo, saying the state never explained why charges were dropped against the other three co-defendants.

The defense also argued that the state never proved gross negligence.

Prosecutors are filing a motion for a rehearing on Monday, a spokesperson for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office said.

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