2 medical professionals accused of opioid offenses make initial appearances

Anchorage federal courthouse (KTUU)
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Two medical professionals had their initial hearings today in federal court on charges related to mis-prescribing opioids.

Dr. Davidhizar appeared at the court in ankle cuffs just after 1:30 p.m. today.

Discussions between the prosecution and defense attorneys centered around conditions of Davidhizar’s release back to his residence in Soldotna. He has already signed a voluntary suspension of his medical license, and though it will not go into effect until the Alaska State Medical board votes, Davidhizar’s attorney agreed that he will not conduct any medical action.

Furthermore, the defense agreed that he may not have any conduct with witnesses, including 11 staff members at the Family Medical Center in Soldotna or access any digital medical records from his practice. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has already suspended Medicaid payments to Davidhizar and his practice.

The court also discussed how to handle Davidhizar’s approximately 25 firearms. One of his daughters agreed to keep those at her residence under the supervision of a probation officer. Davidhizar is not allowed to have any contact with weapons.

His preliminary hearing and a possible indictment are scheduled for next Friday.

Nurse Practitioner Jessica Spayd also appeared in the same courtroom.

She is being detained in Anchorage until next week when there will be a detention motion and a preliminary hearing and possible indictment. Because many patients and agents involved were from Fairbanks, the case is expected to be heard there.

She faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and $1 million dollars for the deaths of two patients, named Patient 1 and Patient 2 in the charges. They died in 2016 and 2017.

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