Top Michigan officials' booking photos released in Flint water crisis criminal case

Booking photos of the two high-ranking state health officials criminally charged last week in connection with an investigation into the Flint water crisis have been released. 

The photos of Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Eden Wells were released by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office Monday. 

Lyon, 49, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office, both felonies. He is accused causing the death of an 85-year-old man in December 2015 by failing to alert the public about a foreseeable outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

Wells, 54, is charged with obstruction of justice, a felony, and is accused of providing false testimony to a special agent and threatening to withhold funding for the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership if the partnership did not cease its investigation into the source of the Legionnaires' outbreak. She is also accused of lying to a police officer, a misdemeanor.

Lyon's attorneys have called the charges baseless and an attorney for Wells has said his client vehemently denies the charges.

They were arraigned in a Flint courtroom Thursday, a day after the fourth round of criminal charges were announced by Schuette. Four others also face involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with the Legionnaires' disease outbreak.

It contributed to at least 12 deaths and dozens of other were sickened.

So far, 15 officials have been charged in connection with Schuette's investigation.

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