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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - 81-year-old Dr. Gerald Klein is on trial on first-degree murder and drug charges in the 2009 overdose death of 24-year-old Joseph “Joey” Bartolucci.

Prosecutors say Klein worked at East Coast Pain Clinic prescribing pain medication purely to make money.

The DEA shut down the pain clinic.

"Their business model was get customers in, get their $150, give them what they want, and move them out. People paid cash," prosecutor Michael Rachel said.

Bartolucci was a patient of Klein at the pain clinic before investigators say he overdosed on medication prescribed by Klein.

Investigators say Klein prescribed thousands of doses of drugs for the $40 million pill mill.

But his defense attorney says he was just trying to help people and was not doing anything illegal.

"This case is about two tragedies...the self-inflicted overdose of Joey Bartolucci...and the prosecution of my client," the defense attorney Sam Rabin.

The owner and manager of the pill clinic already pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

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