Ex-Newton doctor’s trial on drug charges delayed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A trial date has been pushed back for a former Newton doctor charged with unlawfully prescribing controlled substances to addicted patients.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1abDJEA ) the trial for Lafayette Twyner Jr. was scheduled to start in September. But U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose granted a request by Twyner’s attorney for more time to prepare, and it’s now set to begin in January.

Twyner has been charged with 114 counts of health care fraud and unlawfully disseminating controlled substances. An indictment says he prescribed controlled substances in a manner that caused dependence, addiction and death. He’s accused of prescribing drugs that resulted in a man’s overdose death.

Twyner has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He surrendered his medical license in July 2012 under a settlement with regulators.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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