Reno doctor accused in pill mill case will stay in jail

Dr. Robert Gene Rand's booking photos. Rand will remain in a bay area jail until his next court appearance May 6, 2016.
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RENO, Nev. (AP) - UPDATE: A Nevada doctor accused of writing a fatal painkiller prescription has been ordered to remain jailed in Reno where he's been held without bail since his arrest in a federal drug raid last April.

A U.S. magistrate refused Tuesday to consider any conditions for Dr. Robert Rand's potential release pending his July 25 trial for his alleged role in an illegal opioid ring.

All eight of Rand's co-defendants already have pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Rand's lawyer argued during a hearing in federal court in Reno Tuesday his yearlong incarceration while presumed innocent is a violation of his due process rights.

Judge Valerie Cooke says the 53-year-old doctor remains a serious flight risk. She says he's an experienced international traveler with access to money and could be looking at decades in prison if he's convicted.


ORIGINAL STORY: Lawyers for a Reno doctor accused of writing illegal painkiller prescriptions that killed a man say U.S. prosecutors have reneged on a deal to allow his release after being jailed more than a year without bail.

Prosecutors say Dr. Robert Rand's lawyers are misrepresenting the negotiations ahead of his July 25 trial.

The two sides go before a federal judge in Reno Tuesday to argue a fourth time whether Rand is too big of flight risk to be released on bail under strict conditions.

Rand's lawyers say his due process rights are being violated.

The longtime Reno doctor was among nine people arrested last April after a raid at a Reno car dealership where federal agents say an illegal opioid ring was operating. The other eight have pleaded guilty to drug charges.

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