2 accused of death during alternative medicine procedure

Archive: Pseudoscience, Risk, Alternative Medicine

By Matt Guillermo (Fox5, Las Vegas)

Two alternative medicine doctors were booked into Clark County Detention Center on Tuesday as part of an investigation into a woman’s death during one of their procedures last year.

In documents, Las Vegas Metro police homicide detectives identified Cody Stoneking, 51, and Karl Bachman, 56, as the two people who were connected to a treatment that was used on 74-year-old Kim Wang Liu who died last August. The woman’s daughter, Liy Liu, was referred to the two naturopathy doctors about a new but medically unapproved procedure that she believed would maintain health. The procedure involved an “Octozone” machine that Stoneking billed as a way to kill pathogens in the blood. Police said he tried to sell the machine for $4,400 but offered to give the women the treatment in Las Vegas for $100 per procedure.

According to detectives, the two women visited the doctors at their east Las Vegas Valley apartment for the procedure, which was described as injecting a person with a syringe filled with oxygen taken from a small box machine.

Police stated each woman was given injections on their first visit before coming back the next day for another treatment. During the second treatment, Kim Liu was given the injection but then began seizing and going unconscious. She was later rushed to Sunrise Hospital for treatment, where she later died. Police noted the victim appeared healthy in the days before her death.

A coroner’s report later found Kim Liu died of an air embolism with the manner of death ruled as a homicide.

In the days following the woman’s death, detectives tried to seek Stoneking and Bachman at their apartment, which they vacated, according to documents. The two later surfaced in Phoenix answering back phone calls from detectives in Las Vegas. Over the phone, both denied actually administering the injection and claimed the victim’s daughter was shown how to do the procedure. In addition, both men claimed to have performed the treatment for more than 20 years and never having a problem. The men conceded the Octozone machines were simply water purifiers.

Documents state Metro and Phoenix police detectives in October tracked the two men and detained them at an extended stay hotel. During an interview, Stoneking continued to insist the victim’s daughter was shown how to do the treatment and denied ever injecting anyone in his apartment.

In documents, a friend of the two men came forward to describe having the treatment to detectives. The friend told police she was quoted $500 for the procedure. She also stated several other people were given the injections inside the apartment.

Stoneking and Bachman are being held each on a count of second-degree murder of a victim 60 years of age or older.

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