Doctor Acquitted Of Involuntary Manslaughter For The Death Of Slipknot Bassist Paul Grey
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.03.2014
Along with six other counts...
New York Daily News reports that an Iowa jury has acquitted Dr. Daniel Baldi on seven counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of his patients. Baldi was a pain management specialist who was accused of giving large amounts of painkillers to his clients, including Slipknot founder and bassist Paul Gray. Gray died in 2010 from an overdose of morphine and other drugs.
Baldi cried when he was found not guilty, then said he would go home to sleep. He wasn't sure if he would continue his practice. Jurors deliberated for almost two days after a two week trial.
Gray's wife Brenna said the doctor prescribed Xanax (an anti-anxiety drug) to Gray knowing he was addicted to it. Prosecutors claimed he was "criminally negligent and wreckless" in giving prescriptions to patients with addictions. Baldi did not testify at the trial but denied the claims against him. His legal team said that the clients abused the prescriptions by taking more than they were supposed to or mixing them with other drugs.