- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A state judge has denied a motion to delay the negligent homicide trial of a former Florence physician who is charged with over-prescribing pain medication to patients, including two who died of overdoses.

The Missoulian reports (https://bit.ly/2atdu6w ) District Judge Jeffrey Langton ruled Monday that 67-year-old Chris Christensen must either hire an attorney or represent himself at his October trial on the 400 felony charges.

Christensen was initially assigned public defenders, but the court found he had the means to hire his own attorney. He has since said he is trying to find representation and intends to file for bankruptcy, which might make him eligible for a public defender.

Langton said in the months since making those claims, Christensen has done neither. Langton’s order said Christensen does not have the right to take no initiative.

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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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