Plastic surgeon convicted in overdose death faces more charges

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- A former plastic surgeon convicted in Tennessee of criminally negligent homicide in the overdose death of his girlfriend faces new charges in Kentucky.

Christ ('krihst) Koulis was sentenced in December to two years in prison for injecting Lesa Buchanan, a model, with the narcotic painkiller Oxycodone. She died in Tennessee on July 4, 2005.

The new charge of probation violation is from his arrest in 2002 on charges that he illegally supplied narcotics to Buchanan, who was living in Walton, Ky., at the time.

Koulis was arrested after Buchanan was treated at a hospital for a severe infection. Koulis pleaded guilty to one charge of dispensing a controlled substance and was sentenced to probation in 2003.

Koulis's attorney David Raybin says he will fight the charges and try to have them dismissed because he says Kentucky waited too long after the trial to bring the case.

Koulis is expected to have a bond hearing in Kentucky on Wednesday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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