LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas doctor charged with illegally distributing the powerful opioid fentanyl has denied involvement in the death of a Henderson city judge, who died with the drug in her system.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports 66-year-old Steven Holper was indicted last month by a federal grand jury on 29 charges, including seven counts of unlawful distribution of fentanyl.

He also faces a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Judge Diana Hampton.

Holper says he stopped treating Hampton two months before her death in March 2016. He says he had "nothing to do with her untimely demise," and he did nothing illegal or inappropriate.

Authorities say Holper provided Hampton with the fentanyl cancer treatment painkiller Subsys. Holper says he gave her empty canisters.

Holper has pleaded not guilty.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,