Craig Doctor Accused of Contributing to Death of Patients Appears in Court
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A Craig Doctor accused of several charges, including the death of two former patients, appeared in U.S. District Court Wednesday afternoon.
The hearing was held to determine if Dr. Joel Miller should be held in custody without bond until the trial is completed.
Miller was indicted by federal grand jury in Denver on August 21st on charges of health care fraud, money laundering, and distributing and dispensing controlled substances to patients.
He was then arrested in Steamboat Springs and made his first appearance in court on Monday.
Miller, a licensed physician who opened High Country Medical in 2008, is accused of dispensing drugs that killed two of his patients in 2010 and 2012.
According to the incident, Miller prescribed controlled substances in dosages that would cause patients to abuse and become addicted to the substance.
During Wednesday's hearing, the prosecution told the judge Miller should be held in detention without bond due to his violent background and the severity of the charges.
The prosecution questioned a Moffat County Sheriff about Miller's past, noting several incidents with law enforcement.
According to the Sheriff, Miller was arrested for a physical altercation with his ex-wife in 2004.
In July 2012, after an altercation with his girlfriend, Miller was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.
The hearing was cut short due to a prior commitment of the defense attorney, and will continue on Tuesday, September 4th at 8 a.m., at which point the judge is anticipated to make a decision regarding Miller's bond.
The defense is expected to make their case to the judge once the hearing continues next week.
Miller will be held in custody until the hearing is finished.