Mann Retained License Despite Deaths

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Mar. 8, 2010 12:00 am  

"At no time was any action of mine renegade or derelict," he wrote. "I regret the outcomes, of the 3 patients that died of mishandling prescriptions provided by me as well as the 7 others who, at the time of death, had obtained controlled substances from other physicians and/or unknown sources, and always will."

In June 2007, Mann asked the board for another hearing in hopes of restoring his DEA permit. "I would appreciate it if you could help me get some normalcy back to my practice," he said.

But the board denied Mann's request.


Car Bombing

On the morning of Feb. 4, 2009, Arkansas State Medical Board Chairman Trent Pierce was getting into his white 2005 Lexus at his West Memphis home when a bomb exploded. Pierce's injuries were life-threatening but he survived.

Within hours, investigators were interviewing Mann, according to a Jan. 6 news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Little Rock.

"Mann showed investigators at least one grenade launcher," the news release said.

Officers searched Mann's house in March and found a cache of weapons, including grenade launchers and 110 semi- and fully automatic firearms.

Sue Mann said in a hearing that her husband had a federal firearms license. She also said he collected guns as a hobby. (She would be charged in U.S. District Court with conspiring to obstruct or impeded the proceedings against her husband. She has pleaded not guilty.)

Investigators said they tied 98 grenades that were found near Dr. Mann's house in Pope County. Investigators also found two firearms that were not registered to him.

Mann was arrested in March 2009 and was charged the following month with one federal charge of possessing unregistered firearms. While he was in custody, the investigation continued, and on Jan. 6 he was charged with more crimes, including using a "weapon of mass destruction" against Pierce.



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