Eye surgeon charged in murder plot awaits trial

March 8, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 8, 2010

Newcastle man Michael Mockovak — who pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder — appeared in court Feb. 18 for a case setting hearing. Another case setting hearing has been scheduled for May 27.

King County prosecutors said in charging papers that Mockovak, an eye surgeon for Clearly Lasik, sought to have his business partner, Joseph King, and former Clearly Lasik President Brad Klock killed.

After his arrest, Mockovak paid his $2 million bail. Although he remains out of prison while he awaits trial, he is prohibited from contacting King and his family, and Klock and his family.

The state Department of Health also suspended Mockovak’s medical license.