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Associated Press, Published March 21 2012

Wrongful death trial opens in Olmsted County

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A wrongful death trial in Olmsted County focuses on whether Mayo Clinic staff failed to adequately protect a psychiatric patient who committed suicide.

Thirty-nine-year-old Kevin Harms died after jumping off a parking ramp roof in May 2009. Harms left a group of psychiatric patients who were on a supervised walk on Mayo Clinic property.

Jim Carey, the attorney for Harms' wife, says the clinic failed to reasonably supervise and protect the patient and that allowing him to go on the walk was an unnecessary risk.

The Post-Bulletin reports Mayo Clinic attorney Bill Stoeri says staff appropriately assessed Harms and provided treatment, including allowing him to go on a walk.

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Information from: Post-Bulletin, http://www.postbulletin.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.