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The Latest: Wyoming doctor convicted of drug conspiracy

May 24, 2019

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Wyoming doctor accused in a prescription drug conspiracy (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

A Wyoming doctor has been found guilty of operating a multi-state prescription drug conspiracy blamed for the death of an Arizona woman in 2015.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports jurors reached guilty verdicts Friday on all 21 charges against Shakeel Kahn. His brother, Nabeel Kahn, was convicted of two counts.

Jurors started deliberations Wednesday after a nearly month-long trial.

Three former co-defendants pleaded guilty earlier this year and testified against the Kahns.

Shakeel Kahn testified that he followed the law while trying to help his patients treat chronic pain. His attorney, Beau Brindley, argued that he had been set up by his co-defendants and accused prosecutors ignoring lies during their testimony.

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8:15 a.m.

One person has been removed from a jury deliberating the fate of a Wyoming doctor accused in a multi-state prescription drug conspiracy.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the juror was dismissed for unspecified reasons Thursday and replaced with one of three alternates selected for the trial of Shakeel Kahn.

Kahn testified that he followed the law while trying to help his patients treat chronic pain. His attorney, Beau Brindley, argued that Kahn had been set up by others charged in the case to improve their standing with prosecutors. He alleged that they ignored lies by the co-defendants when they testified against Kahn.

However, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Sprecher told jurors that Kahn lied extensively to them.

Prosecutors allege that the drug operation led to the 2015 overdose death of an Arizona woman.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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