WILLIAMSPORT — For the ninth time, Raymond Kraynak has asked the court to reschedule his trial on 19 charges related to unlawfully dispensing opioids.

Kraynak, through his attorney, Thomas Thornton, filed a motion this week requesting the court continue jury selection and trial scheduled for March 2 and extend the deadline for filing pre-trial motions, which were due Tuesday, Jan. 7.

According to the document, Assistant U.S. Attorney William Behe, who is prosecuting the case, concurred with the request.

As of Tuesday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann, who has granted previous continuances, has yet to rule on the motion.

The trial date was previously postponed by Brann from Feb. 5, 2018, to May 7; May 7 to July 2; July 2 to Sept. 10; Sept. 10 to Feb. 4, 2019; Feb. 4 to Aug. 5; Aug. 5 to Oct. 7; Oct. 7 to Dec. 2; and Dec. 2 to March 2, 2020.

On Dec. 20, 2017, an indictment was filed charging the now 62-year-old with maintaining drug-involved premises and the unlawful distribution and dispensing of a controlled substance, and distribution and dispensing of a controlled substance resulting in death.

In Tuesday’s motion for continuance, the defense argued that it needs additional time to prepare for trial to allow “parties time to exchange expert reports and file any necessary motions.”

The document claims that failure to grant the continuance “would deny the defendant reasonable time necessary for effective preparation.”

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