Court Continues for Doctor Charged with Unlawful Drug Distribution
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A court hearing continued Tuesday for a Craig doctor accused of improperly dispensing drugs that led to the deaths of two former patients.
Doctor Joel Miller, of Craig, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver last month on charges of health care fraud, money laundering and distributing and dispensing controlled substances to patients.
As a licensed physician at High Country Medical, Miller is accused of dispensing drugs that eventually led to the deaths of two of his patients in 2010 and 2012.
Prosecutors asked the judge to not allow bond. They say he poses a "risk to the community and a significant threat to law enforcement."
The prosecution called several witnesses who testified how uncooperative and combative Miller had acted toward law enforcement during the course of the investigation, as well as a previous domestic violence incident.
However, during cross examination, the defense was able to show Miller had been cooperative with the drug enforcement administration when he voluntarily surrendered his DEA registration.