- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A judge has canceled the trial of a northern Colorado surgeon accused of faking prescriptions.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports (https://goo.gl/PRJ2TA ) 63-year-old Kenneth Pettine’s trial was set to begin April 24, but a judge canceled it Wednesday because of ongoing plea negotiations and extensive evidence to review.

Prosecutors say the Johnstown surgeon, who used to practice at a Fort Collins hospital, wrote himself phony prescriptions for sleeping medicine over the course of three years. He was arrested in June after two of his business partners reported him to authorities.

The partners told investigators that Pettine had seemed intoxicated and incoherent during several patient consultations.

Pettine did not immediately return a phone call by The Associated Press on Wednesday afternoon.

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Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, https://www.coloradoan.com

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