The involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Daniel Baldi is in its second day of testimony at the Polk County Courthouse.
Dr. Baldi is charged with nine counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the drug-related deaths of former patients.
Thursday, the prosecution continued to call witnesses to the stand. First up was the brother of one of Dr. Baldi’s former patients. Jeff Thiel testified that his brother, Fred Pritchard, was never in any pain but continued to be prescribed pain medication from Dr. Baldi.
However, when the defense cross-examined Thiel also admitted his brother was an addict and didn’t take medication as prescribed and abused it.
The defense maintains Dr. Baldi didn’t do anything criminal, while the prosecution is trying to prove Dr. Baldi continued to over-prescribe painkillers to his patients.
The judge canceled the rest of the day after lunch to closer examine a motion requested by the defense.
They asked that four witnesses that the prosecution plans to call be excluded because their testimony would violate Baldi’s constitutional right.
The judge and both attorneys will meet before the trial resumes Friday morning to discuss the motion.