Doctor Daniel Baldi was charged with involuntary manslaughter for prescribing copious amounts of narcotic painkillers to patients. One of those patients was Slipknot’s bassist Paul Gray. Read more below.
Des Moines physician Daniel Baldi was charged Wednesday with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly prescribing large amounts of narcotic painkillers to patients who later died of overdoses.
One of the eight patients was identified in court papers as Paul Gray, an internationally known musician who helped found the band Slipknot. Gray was found dead of a drug overdose at an Urbandale hotel in May 2010.
Baldi’s lawyer, Guy Cook, said no such charges had ever been filed against an Iowa physician in such circumstances. “It is unprecedented to turn unfortunate deaths or medical results into a crime against a doctor,” Cook said. If convicted of all the aggravated misdemeanor counts, Baldi, 50, could face up to 16 years in prison. Cook said he would battle to prevent a conviction.