Prosecutors and the defense attorney for a Tyler salon owner accused of injecting women seeking breast and buttock augmentations with a gel substance earlier this year said Monday they are ready to go forward this week in her trial.
Judge Kerry Russell of the 7th District Court reset the felony case for Carmel Mitchelle Foster, 39, to the court’s recall docket for this morning, prosecutor Richard Vance said on Monday.
Ms. Foster, who is charged with two counts of practicing medicine without a license, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
One woman was hospitalized in Longview and placed on a ventilator because of a pneumothorax, a buildup of air and blood in the lungs, after she received the injections.
The woman later was released from the hospital.
The prosecution and the defense said last week they needed extra time to locate witnesses, listen to recordings of jail phone interviews Ms. Foster conducted with a Tyler television station and get a final copy of a Food and Drug Administration report about the composition of the gel substance injected into the women.
Russell also granted a restrictive order last week, barring attorneys and the defendant from speaking about Ms. Foster’s case at the request of Vance. The prosecutor said in court that Ms. Foster had conducted some phone interviews with a Tyler television station in which she talked about the facts of her case.