Trial delayed for Reno doctor accused in painkiller ring

Dr. Robert Gene Rand's booking photos.
By  | 

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Reno doctor at the center of a major drug case is now scheduled to go to trial July 25, 2017. Trial had been set to begin April 25. It was moved, according to the US Attorney's Office in Nevada, because a witness fell ill and wasn't prepared to testify.

Lawyers for Dr. Robert Rand, who pleaded not guilty in 2016, have again asked a federal judge to let Rand leave jail until the trial. The judge has not ruled on that request.

A first request for Rand to be released was denied in February, based on Rand's actions prior to his arrest, when he didn't take a scheduled flight to Reno. He was therefore considered a flight risk.

Rand is accused along with Richie West of operating an illegal prescription oxycodone ring in northern Nevada. West has since pleaded guilty to one count of drug conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance for distribution. He awaits sentencing.

The Nevada Board of Medical Examiners has also filed a malpractice complaint against Robert Rand, charged with writing prescriptions sold by West and six other people.

Rand's lawyer says he is confident Rand will be cleared of all wrongdoing.