Arraignment in GJ delayed for doctor accused in patient deaths

An arraignment scheduled Tuesday in Grand Junction for a former western Colorado doctor was continued until next week.

Dr. Sam Jahani, 49, of Beaumont, Texas, is now scheduled to appear together with his former colleague, Dr. Eric Peper, 53, of Summerland Key, Fla., at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building in Grand Junction. U.S. Magistrate Gudrun Rice, who presides in Grand Junction, granted the delay in an order issued Monday night.

Rice also denied a last-minute request lodged Friday by attorneys for the doctors seeking to move court proceedings to Denver. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Heldmyer objected to the request, noting victims in the case were from either Mesa, Delta or Montrose counties.

Jahani and Peper, former operators of western Colorado Urgent Care Clinics, are accused by a federal grand jury of causing the deaths of four patients while overprescribing painkillers, among other crimes.


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