Despite objections by the defense, the judge presiding over Doctor Daniel Baldi’s involuntary manslaughter trial ruled Monday morning five witnesses are allowed to testify for the prosecution.
The deputy state medical examiner was among them.
“There were two drugs, amphetamine and alprazolam, that were at high enough concentrations in combination that I felt could explain cause of death,” Dennis Klein testified.
Klein said the high levels of those two drugs killed Brandy Stoutenberg, one of Baldi’s patients. But on cross examination, Klein acknowledged the medications prescribed by Baldi played no role in her death.
Family members of some of Dr. Baldi’s former patients also took the stand for the prosecution Monday.
“I got home and she was on the floor she was in her computer chair and she had slumped over on the floor, she was not incoherent once I got her awake and up into her bed, she came to a little bit but she was very incoherent that night when I got home,” says Brianne Foland.
Foland testified she would find her mom, Kimberly Krutsinger, over medicated by prescriptions she claims her mother received from Baldi.
Foland’s grandmother agrees.
“Many times she would call me and tell me she felt she couldn’t remember whether she took her medicine or not she would ask me to call her in an hour or two to check on her,” says Celesta Feisel.
But the defense says Krutsinger died of natural causes due to heart problems. The drugs in her system, at the time of death, weren’t prescribed by Baldi and the defense claims she hadn’t seen Baldi in more than three months.
“Would it surprise you to learn that she had not been to the pain clinic, her last visit was 96 days before her death?” said Baldi’s defense attorney Guy Cook to witness Celesta Feisel.
She responded, “I believe that’s possible.”
Also on the stand was Brandy Stoutenberg’s mother.
“He was supposed to be helping her with modeling, she was picked for a Miss Iowa contestant and he killed her,” said Deana McGillan while pointing at Dr. Baldi.
Deana McGillan testified she saw her daughter walk out of Baldi’s office with an unidentified bag of pills and later saw the two together at a restaurant.
But when asked by the defense, McGillian admitted she never saw Baldi give her daughter the pills, and had never seen the doctor prior to that day.
The prosecution will continue Tuesday by calling more witnesses to the stand.
Dr. Baldi faces nine counts of involuntary manslaughter having been accused of over-prescribing pain medication to patients who later died.