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Doctor wants separate trial in medical kickback case

OXFORD — A Batesville doctor wants a separate trial from two other defendants in a medical kickback scheme.

The attorney for Dr. Robert Corkern filed the motion Dec. 1 in federal court in Oxford. A judge has not ruled on the motion.

The case is set for trial Jan. 9. All three defendants have motions pending to delay the trial.

Corkern, Tupelo healthcare executive Raymond L. Shoemaker and Batesville businessman Lee Garner are accused of alleged corruption in the operations of Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.

Corkren contends he is not named in all counts of the indictment. His attorneys say Corkren could be hurt by the possibility the jury could get confused and prevent his right to a fair trial.

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