Law & Order: Season 8, Episode 20

Burden (24 Apr. 1998)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A doctor is accused of maliciously killing a quadriplegic boy. However, the doctor claims it was a mercy killing, and that he was acting on the family's wishes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hickok ...
Dr. Lyle Semenko
Stephanie Sutter
John Procaccino ...
Joe Sutter
William Severs ...
Lois Sutter


Detectives Lenny Briscoe and Ray Curtis investigate the death of a young quadriplegic boy, Michael Sutter, who was smothered in his bed at home. The detectives first suspect the boy's mother, Lois Sutter, who claims she was at home alone with the boy the afternoon she died. When they learn she was having a tryst with her dance instructor the afternoon her son died, she admits she'd left the boy with her daughter Stephanie. When they find hemlock in the dead boy's system, they think the father may have been responsible. With little evidence and no clear way forward, the detectives investigate one of the boy's physicians, Dr. Lyle Semeko, whose patients seem to have a very high mortality rate. Written by garykmcd

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