Doctor's death delays court date
Prosecutors and the defense lawyer for Cameron Larsen, son of a Colusa doctor who died after his arrest by federal drug agents, have agreed to reschedule his next court appearance to Feb. 25, according to court records.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Delaney approved the new date two weeks ago.
Larsen was scheduled to appear next Tuesday in federal court in Sacramento.
"Days ago, the Larsen family suffered through the tragic loss of Dr. Larsen. Defense counsel and the government believe it is appropriate to delay proceeding to preliminary hearing or indictment to allow the family to deal with the tragedy," according to a court filing.
"Additionally, both defense counsel and the government have not yet had sufficient time to provide the defense with discovery, prepare for the indictment and/or prepare for the preliminary hearing and engage in negotiations with the goal of settling this matter before the filing of an indictment."
Dr. Andrew Larsen was found dead on Dec. 6 inside his running car, parked in the barn next to his Princeton home.
Federal agents on Nov. 14 searched the doctor's Colusa office on Market Street and his Princeton home after noting the excessively high number of prescriptions Larsen wrote for controlled substances between August 2012 and August of this year.
The Larsens were arraigned Dec. 4 in federal court in Sacramento on charges they supplied drug dealers.
According to an affidavit from a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigator, Dr. Larsen wrote about 5,400 prescriptions for more than 1 million dosage units. Almost 98 percent of the prescriptions were for Schedule 2 or 3 narcotics: oxycodone, hydromorphone, methadone, hydrocodone and morphine.
Following their arrest and initial court appearance in Sacramento, father and son were freed on $50,000 unsecured bonds.