Some astonishing revelations today in the homicide trial of a Florence doctor.
Dr. Chris Christensen was cross-examined for hours, answering piercing questions from the prosecutor.
The defendant Dr. Christensen took the stand for the second day in a row.
He is accused of prescribing opioids, which allegedly caused two people to die.
The prosecutor, Thorin Geist, today argued that Dr. Christensen's testimony yesterday omitted some critical information.
Prosecutor: "And you testified yesterday that the agreement was that your Idaho medical license would be suspended for a period of two years right?”
Prosecutor: “You forgot to mention that your Idaho controlled prescription right was also suspended right?”
Defendant: “One can't exist without the other.”
Prosecutor: “And you forgot to mention that you were supposed to participate in additional five years of probation right…"
Dr. Christensen answered that he did not forget to mention anything.
He argued that he had five years of monitoring, not probation, under the original stipulation.
The prosecuting attorney proceeded to argue that Dr. Christensen did not keep standard medical records by federation guidelines for his pain patients.
Prosecutor: "Did you follow these guidelines?”
Defendant: “I'm not sure I have even read these guidelines.”
Prosecutor: “So you didn't know in 2013 the requirement for medical records changed to “must”?”
Defendant: “I can't say that i have any awareness of that whatsoever.”
Prosector: “Would you agree with me that staying apprised to federation guidelines is probable an important thing while practicing pain management?"
The prosecutor provided the Federation of State Medical Boards prior to 2013 that state that, "Every physician who treats patients for chronic pain should maintain accurate and complete medical records."
But, the prosecuting attorney says Dr. Christensen failed to maintain these medical records when these guidelines became mandatory by law.
The Ravalli County Attorney’s Office expects the trial to end this Thursday, November 16th, which is when the defense and prosecution will deliver their closing arguments and then it is up to the jury.