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Trial Postponed For Reno Doctor Charged In Nevada Pill Case

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has postponed a trial until July for a Reno doctor accused of illegally distributing prescription painkillers that caused the death of a former University of Nevada football player in 2015.

Dr. Robert Rand was scheduled to go to trial April 25 on three felony drug charges, including one count of illegally distributing a controlled substance causing death.

But U.S. District Judge Miranda Du decided this week to postpone the proceedings until July 25 because a key government witness is ill. She also said she'll reconsider whether Rand should be released from jail pending his trial.

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Federal agents investigating an illegal opioid ring arrested Rand and eight others last spring after a raid at a Reno car dealership.

The alleged ring-leader, Richard "Richie" West II, pleaded guilty to drug-trafficking and possession charges in February.