Car bomb suspect trial continues

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (AP) - Attorneys for Dr. Randeep Mann are downplaying the doctor's alleged animosity toward the state medical board, trying to pick apart prosecutors' argument that Mann planned an attack on the board's chairman out of revenge.

The executive secretary of the Arkansas State Medical Board testified Monday that Mann's hearings before the board were always professional and cordial. Peggy Pryor Cryer told jurors that Mann twice lost his right to prescribe narcotics, in 2003 and 2006, over complaints that he was overprescribing pills to known drug addicts.

Prosecutors claim Mann planned the February 2009 attack on Dr. Trent Pierce to retaliate against the board. At the time of the bombing, the board was investigating whether Mann was continuing to prescribe narcotics, despite losing his permit to do so.

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