A Colorado man accused of killing a cancer-stricken woman by administering alternative medical treatments was arraigned in Yuba County Superior Court on Wednesday.
Kevin Mihalik, 61, turned himself into the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office Monday evening. He was charged in August by the Yuba County District Attorney’s Office with involuntary manslaughter.
He was assigned a public defender, who submitted a not guilty plea on his behalf. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 4 and remains in Yuba County Jail on $100,000 bail.
In a phone conversation early in August 2015, Mihalik allegedly gave instructions to Jeane Terry and a caregiver on using ozone therapy and cesium therapy. He warned Terry and the caregiver that cesium is a dangerous metal and needed to be taken with other supplements, according to court documents.
Sixteen days later, Mihalik visited Terry’s residence in Browns Valley, where he began treating her with ozone and cesium therapy. He was observed giving her ozone treatments intravenously, as well as injecting directly into what he advised were cancer tumors, according to court documents. He was also preparing her meals, which consisted mainly of broth, which is recommended during cesium therapy, it was said.
On Aug. 23, Terry died in her home. Mihalik allegedly removed all ozone producing equipment and cesium prior to a deputy arriving.
He was interviewed as part of the coroner’s case and admitted Terry paid him $5,000 to perform the therapies. He knew she was ill and required home care due to having cancer.
The coroner ruled her cause of death as probable acute cardiac arrhythmia due to cesium toxicity.
Cesium chloride is promoted as an alternative cure for cancer treatment, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Supporters claim cesium neutralizes the toxic material produced by tumor cells and prevents them from dividing, but there is no scientific evidence to support the claims. The use of cesium brings the risk of cardiac arrhythmia. Ozone therapy is another alternative therapy which is said to increase the amount of oxygen in the body.