A doctor from Alabama has been acquitted of charges he had made to overdose death of a former guitarist for rock band 3 Doors Down
Dr. Richard Snellgrove has been charged in 13 cases for unlawful distribution of drugs, including the opiate fentanyl, and has been charged with Matthew's death in 2016 for health fraud.
The jurors did not find Snellgrove guilty.
The prosecution said Snellgrove ordered Roberts drugs even though he knew Roberts was struggling with the addiction and that the doctor was "thrilled" by Roberts' celebrity, AL.com reported.
Dennis Knizley, Snellgrove's lawyer, said the doctor's actions are reasonable and the prosecution targets Snellgrove because Roberts is famous.
Knizley said that Roberts' text messages, in addition to his medicines, were seeking illegal drugs
"He acquired and mistreated street medicines at the same time he was receiving drugs and to a degree deceived Dr. Snellgrove," Knizley told the Associated Press.
The defense argued that showing only Roberts' death could not be hanged on Snellgrove.
Roberts, 38, was found dead on August 20, 2016, in the corridor of a hotel near Milwaukee, where he was to give a charity concert.
The late musician was a founding member of 3 Doors Down when the rock band began in 1996 in the south of Mississippi.
He co-authored the hit song "Kryptonite", which was nominated in 2001 for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. 19659005] DOC TOR FACING TRIAL IN OVERHEAD DEATH OF 3 DOORS DOWN GUITARIST
Last Thursday, US District Judge Kristi DuBose dismissed four of the 13 charges against Snellgrove regarding prescriptions he wrote to Jeremy Ryals Roberts roommate and cousin.
Prosecutors had alleged that Snellgrove knew the drugs were really for Roberts, but Knizley said prosecutors never proved these claims.
In a civil lawsuit, Roberts & # 39; s family sued Snellgrove, Rite Aid Corp. and others in Alabama State Court. This case was suspended by the outcome of criminal proceedings by Snellgrove.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.