CHATTANOOGA, TN. (AP) - The sentencing of a southern Tennessee doctor who has agreed to plead guilty and serve 70 months in prison for prescribing painkillers on request, some for drug users who died, has been delayed.

Dr. Elizabeth Reimers of Winchester walked away from the federal courthouse in Chattanooga after the judge held a closed-door meeting Friday with her attorney and a federal prosecutor.

Defense attorney Jerry Summers declined comment and Assistant U.S. Attorney John MacCoon said the indefinite delay in the scheduled hearing was not at the doctor's request.

Records show the 40-year-old doctor pleaded not guilty to charges of prescribing drugs such as hydrocodone, Percocet and morphine for no medical reason. A conviction on all charges in the indictment carries a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.

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