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BALDI TRIAL: Judge Throws Out Two Charges

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The trial of a Des Moines doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter picked back up in Polk County Monday morning.

Before the defense called its first witness to testify, the judge threw out two of the charges.

"The court has withdrawn count one concerning Jeffery Johnson and count seven concerning Chad Martin from any other responsibilities that you may have," said Assistant Polk County Judge Gregory Brandt to the jury.

Judge Brandt ruled the state failed to provide a direct correlation between Baldi and the two former patients.

In both cases, the patient hadn't seen Baldi for months prior to their death and did not have any medications prescribed by Baldi in their system at time of death.

Baldi now faces seven charges of involuntary manslaughter.

The defense called two medical examiners, a toxicologist and a pain management doctor to testify.

All were asked to review the medical records for the seven remaining cases.

In the case of Jason Spong, Dr. Andrew Baker testified his death had nothing to do with the medications he was on but rather underlying medical conditions.

“I would consider his heart disease the primary cause of his death, I would consider his morbid obesity and his obstructive sleep apnea and his large and fatty liver to be contributing conditions,” says Dr. Baker, a medical examiner in Minnesota.

The defense will continue Tuesday by calling their final witness to testify.



    • The Anti William Denison

      And you know this man, right? So you know that he is an arrogant punk and smiling all the time because he is arrogant (not just pleasant).
      He certainly doesn’t seem to be smiling in any of the photos I’ve seen on the news of him.
      The man is a victim of a witch hunt. So far, even the prosecution’s witnesses have said that it doesn’t look like he had anything to do with these people’s deaths. They had other health issues, or were taking drugs NOT prescribed by him.

  • Sue

    Absolute malicious prosecution by our government.

    When Dr. Baldi is acquitted, he should sue the government attys.

  • Rebecca Hergert

    Not’s so fast here, your Honor!!!
    Our area doctors here at the Boone Hospital-ER/Ogden/Boone Clinic are not so quick on writing prescriptions the last yr on me.
    My husband indicates, ‘they are very cautious up here, since this trial’.

  • Susan

    So Baldi’s whole defense strategy is to throw his nurse under the bus? Everyone knows Dan was in charge. The “other practitioners” were told what to do. The jury will see right through this BS!

  • Dr M

    I have an idea – let’s hold people personally accountable for their own bad decisions – like misusing prescription drugs. If you want to live in a society where you have freedom, that means you take responsibility for your actions. If you don’t, we have a system that will relieve you of all responsibility & decision making – it’s called prison.

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