Wichita Doc Linked to 3 More Deaths

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors say a Kansas physician jailed on charges he ran a "pill mill'' has been connected to three more deaths.

They say that since the December arrest of Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, three more people died from overdoses of medication prescribed by a staffer at his Haysville clinic.

Prosecutors also argued that Schneider and his wife, Linda, should not be released on bond because they still pose a danger to the community. They cited conversations in which Linda Schneider allegedly threatened to cut the throat of her then court-appointed defense attorney.

Prosecutors allege the Schneiders directly caused four deaths and contributed to the deaths of 11 other patients.

The Schneiders have adamantly proclaimed their innocence.

Prosecutors alleged yesterday in a detention motion that physician assistant Connie White prescribed medications leading to the deaths of three patients after the Schneiders were jailed.

The couple is jailed without bond on a 34-count federal indictment.

Prosecutors say physician assistant Connie White prescribed medications leading to the deaths of three patients after the Schneiders were jailed.

New attorneys for the couple have asked a federal magistrate to reconsider detention. A hearing on that request is scheduled for Friday.

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