A federal judge denied Dr. Raynaldo Ortiz Jr.’s motion for release Friday morning, sending the disgraced criminal anesthesiologist back to jail to await trial.
As previously reported in The Dallas Express, federal prosecutors filed a counter to Ortiz‘s motion, arguing that the man, who was indicted on several counts related to the alleged doping of IV bags resulting in multiple life-threatening medical emergencies and one death, was a danger to the community and potential government witnesses.
Dressed in a brown jumpsuit and wearing a surgical mask, Ortiz sat in court as his defense team pushed to secure his release on bail, arguing that he was not a flight risk and posed no danger to the public.
Federal prosecutors pushed back, claiming that Ortiz was indeed a flight risk and needed to remain in federal custody because of his history of alleged criminal behavior and professional belligerence.
Food and Drug Administration investigator Daniel Allgeyer testified against Ortiz, stating, “Thirty or more of Ortiz’s colleagues voiced concerns of safety if Ortiz is released.”
One such colleague, Dr. Jeremy Johnston, also took the stand and testified that he feared for his life and that of his family and colleagues with whom he and Ortiz worked.
“Yes, because he’s a retaliatory person,” Johnston said in court. “The staff said they’re afraid Ortiz will come back and possibly shoot up the place.”
Johnston testified in court about an altercation he and Ortiz had at a Mesquite hospital they both previously worked for. He claimed Ortiz got in his face and chest-bumped him, then followed him around menacingly.
During his three-year tenure in Mesquite, Ortiz was apparently involved in 30 or more “incidents” with colleagues and staff, according to Johnston, who oversaw all incident reports as the hospital’s director of surgery.
Johnston claimed he had never had an altercation with any staff in his career until Ortiz, who was seen constantly moving and leaning forward during the hearing.
For its part, Ortiz’s defense team argued to the judge that Ortiz had met all court conditions related to his previous run-ins with the law, including the shooting of his neighbor’s dog and multiple arrests for alleged domestic violence without conviction, as reported by The Dallas Express.
Still, the judge sided with federal prosecutors, and Ortiz was remanded back to federal custody, where he will await trial at the Limestone County Detention Center.