Update: Doctor Appears In Court On Weapons Charge

    1:58 PM, Apr 21, 2009   |    comments
    Dr. Randeep Mann
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    Dr. Randeep Mann of London faces a single felony count after city workers stumbled across a stash of 98 high-explosive grenades in a wooded area near his home. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

    He was arraigned at 2 p.m. Tuesday in federal court in Little Rock.

    Authorities also found 110 machine guns and rifles at Mann's home, but he faces no charges in connection with those weapons.

    Mann is a naturalized U.S. citizen from India who has a medical practice in Russellville.

    Meanwhile, the search for the person who set off a car bomb injuring the head of Arkansas' state medical board continues.

    The bombing happened in February in West Memphis, outside Doctor Trent Pierce's home. As he was getting in his car, about to travel to Little Rock for a medical board meeting, the SUV blew up.

    West Memphis police are confirming federal agents have questioned Dr. Randeep Mann.

    West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert says ATF agents have given a thorough look at Doctor Mann's background and his association with Doctor Pierce.

    The board suspended Mann's prescription writing privileges in 2006 after ten of his patients died after taking a lethal dose of medication.

    Thursday, Mann filed a lawsuit against the board, including Dr. Pierce, claiming they're biased against him because he's from India.

    FBI spokesman Steve Frazier says he cannot comment on either the car bombing or the explosives reportedly found in Doctor Mann's home. Frazier says both investigations are ongoing.

    THV's Ashley Blackstone will have details on what happened in court today coming up on todaysthv.com and on 'Today's THV at 5:00 and 6:00.'

    Source: Associated Press

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