Long Island Doc Pleads Not Guilty in Painkiller Deaths

Dr. William Conway made a federal court appearance Friday in Central Islip

Friday, Oct 5, 2012  |  Updated 3:57 PM EDT
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A Long Island doctor has pleaded not guilty to charges that he caused the overdose deaths of two patients last year by prescribing massive amounts of painkillers.

Dr. William Conway made a federal court appearance Friday in Central Islip.

Newsday says supporters of the doctor had a shouting match with a victim's relative in the courthouse hallway.

Prosecutors say one man got prescriptions for 450 oxycodone pills and died within two days.

The other overdosed on oxycodone and two other narcotics. That happened two days after he got a prescription for 180 oxycodone pills.

Conway was charged in an updated indictment a week ago. He has been in custody since his June arrest on charges of illegally distributing painkillers.

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