CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- An assistant Jefferson County prosecutor charged with selling OxyContin has been fired and will stand trial Sept. 24 in Elkins.
Prosecutor Ralph Lorenzetti terminated the employment of 37-year-old James Casimiro on Wednesday, the same day Casimiro pleaded not guilty to federal drug distribution charges.
Media outlets say that Casimiro had been suspended without pay after his arrest last month.
He's charged with two counts of selling the often-abused prescription painkiller, first on May 31 and again June 25.
Defense attorney Michael Payen declined comment after the plea hearing.
Casimiro, an assistant prosecutor since 2006, is free on a personal recognizance bond.
U.S. District Judge Gina Groh recused herself from the case because she's a former assistant prosecutor in the same county.
Chief Judge John Preston Bailey will oversee the trial.