Doctor seeks dismissal of manslaughter charges

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Attorneys for a Des Moines doctor are asking a judge to dismiss involuntary manslaughter charges in the overdose deaths of 10 patients who he had prescribed painkillers.

Daniel Baldi’s attorneys argued in a court filing Monday that four of the patients had no medication prescribed by Baldi in their systems when they died. They said four others had amounts of the drugs at or below therapeutic levels while the remaining two failed to use them as prescribed.

Prosecutors brought charges against Baldi last September. They allege he prescribed large amounts of narcotic painkillers to patients including Paul Gray, founder of the band Slipknot, who died in 2010.

The filing also alleges the criminal investigation and prosecution is improperly based on confidential peer-review documents obtained by the Iowa Board of Medicine.

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