BALDI TRIAL: Jury Reaches A Verdict
A Polk County jury has reached a verdict in the manslaughter trial of a Des Moines doctor.
The verdict was reached Thursday afternoon and is expected to be read after 4:30 p.m. Channel 13 has a crew at the courthouse and we’ll stream the verdict LIVE on WHOtv.com.
Dr. Daniel Baldi was tried on seven counts of involuntary manslaughter for the drug-related deaths of seven former patients.
Jurors in the case began deliberations Tuesday afternoon.
Prosecutors in the case say Dr. Baldi over-prescribed pain killers leading to deadly overdoses.
“The evidence in this case shows the defendant acted recklessly how he treated these patients and as a result they died,” prosecutor Celene Gogerty told the jury in closing statements.
The defense claimed the patients who died did not have drugs prescribed by Baldi in their systems at the time of their deaths.
Defense attorney Guy Cook addressed the jury during closing arguments, saying “Dr. Baldi is not guilty of each and every one of these cases, he did his best, he is not reckless, even if you think he did not do his best, what he did, did not cause the death of these patients.”