A former Southern California cosmetic surgeon has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after allegedly giving a deadly cocktail of drugs during a liposuction procedure, authorities said.
Ehab Aly Mohamed, 46, was also charged with elder abuse in a separate incident involving a different patient. Mohamed is already jailed on previous burglary and forgery convictions, according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney's office statement.
Mohamed pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all charges and denied any and all special circumstances, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 6.
Mohamed's involuntary manslaughter stems from the Aug. 21, 2010 death of Sharon Carpenter. Carpenter, 61, died in Mohamed's Encino office after a 10-hour liposuction procedure.
During the surgery, she was given a combination of liocaine, fentanyl and oxycodone. She died in Mohamed's office after midnight, according to the statement.
LAPD Detective Joel Price told NBC4 that Mohamed never showed any signs of remorse for his patient's death.
And the detective offered another bizarre detail about the case.
"He was, in fact, performing medical procedures on himself," adding that when police officers arrested Mohamed, the surgeon was hospitalized and "in bad shape."
On May 21, 2010, a 77-year-old patient of Mohamed's passed out during a liposuction procedure and still suffers from related health problems, according to the District Attorney's statement.
Mohamed faces up to 10 years in prison if he's convicted.
NBC4's Toni Guinyard and Robert Kovacik contributed to this report.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article erroneously reported that the surgeon's arraignment was delayed until Sept. 6. The surgeon entered a not guilty plea Wednesday, and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on that date.
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