June 9, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- The personal doctor to a pro wrestler who killed
himself, his wife and their 7-year-old son last year has pleaded
not guilty to a new 175-count indictment that charges him with
conspiracy and improperly dispensing drugs.
Dr. Phil Astin did not attend Monday's brief hearing in federal
court in Atlanta. His attorney entered the plea on his behalf. The
court granted Astin's request not to appear.
In a statement, the attorney says Astin is not a criminal.
The May 29th indictment replaces a seven-count indictment last
July and involves 17 additional patients. Astin was a doctor for
wrestler Chris Benoit.
Authorities say Benoit strangled his wife and son, then hanged
himself in their Fayetteville home in June 2007.
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