Opening statements will begin Wednesday in the involuntary manslaughter trial of an Iowa doctor.
Dr. Daniel Baldi is facing nine charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the drug-related deaths of former patients.
It is the first time an Iowa doctor has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a patient.
Prosecutors say Baldi prescribed large doses of narcotics for patients. One of those patients was former Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who was found dead of a drug overdose in 2010.
Baldi’s attorney says for many patients, Baldi was their last resort.
“This is unprecedented. This kind of a case has never been brought in Iowa. And Dr. Baldi did his best to treat these patients and in spite of his treatment and care some of them passed. And it’s frankly wrong to turn this into a criminal case,” attorney, Gary Cook said in 2012.
Brandy Stoutenberg was one of those patients. Her mother, Deann McGillian says she watched her daughter waste away under Baldi’s care.
“My hope is that the justice system does what the justice system was meant to do and to take this man, who to me, totally degraded his own career along with the other doctors out there who now are going to have questions of taking care of patients just because one man abused it,” Deann told Channel 13 in 2012.
Jury selection began Monday at the Polk County Courthouse and a jury was seated Tuesday afternoon. Opening statements are expected to begin at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.