SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the trial of a La Mesa man accused of posing as a doctor and promising patients he could cure cancer and HIV.
Keith Barton, 51, faces multiple felony counts of treating people without a license and grand theft.
Jury selection will wrap up this morning in the courtroom of Judge Amalia Meza.
Authorities allege the defendant called himself "Dr. Barton" and promised to cure a woman and her children of HIV.
One of the children subsequently died as a result of not receiving effective treatment after the mother paid Barton $18,000, prosecutors allege.
According to authorities, Barton is not a licensed medical doctor but shares his first and last name with a real medical doctor who is licensed in California. Barton allegedly used that fact to create the impression that he was a licensed professional.
Barton was arrested last Jan. 8 and later posted $100,000 bail.