Reno doctor accused in painkiller ring pleads not guilty to all 9 charges

Robert Gene Rand (Photo: Washoe County Jail)

Dr. Robert Rand, a Reno doctor accused of a fatal painkiller prescription, pleaded not guilty on all nine counts against him in court Friday morning.

The Department of Justice U.S. Attorney's Office says Dr. Robert Rand is facing one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, six counts of distribution of a controlled substance, and two counts of distribution of a controlled substance resulting in serious bodily injury or death.

Read the amended indictment below:

Rand's lawyers John Ohlson and Jack Fox said conspiracy charges should be dropped. The attorneys went on to defend their client, stating that Richie West Jr., his friends, and employees should be facing the allegations.

"The only conspiracy is that they were trying to trick Dr. Rand. They gave him reasons why they needed medication. He acted like a doctor in every moment in this case. He has done nothing wrong," said Fox.

Ohlson added, "So far we've got a client that's been stand up, that's stood by his own innocence and has said, 'I can't take a deal, I didn't do anything.'"

The trial is set to start Tuesday, July 25.

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