Daniel Baldi has been charged with the involuntary manslaughter of Slipknot star Paul Gray, and could face a lengthy spell in Prison.
The doctor, who treated the erstwhile rocker before his death in 2012, is facing eight counts of prescribing narcotic painkillers to patients who later died of an overdose. Gray, who was 38 when he died, was found in his Iowa motel room in May 2010, with reports suggesting he's suffered an accidental drug overdose. He joins seven other patients of Baldi's on the court papers. Prosecutors assert that Baldi "did unintentionally cause the death of Paul Gray by the commission of an act likely to cause death or serious injury... (He allegedly) continually wrote high-dose prescription narcotics to a known drug addict from 12/27/2005 until his death."
The doctor, who could face up to 16 years in prison if convicted on all counts, appeared in court to face the charges on Wednesday. Judge Odell MCGhee entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and Baldi was later released on $16,000 bail. Guy Cook, the doctor's lawyer told America's Des Moines Register, "It is unprecedented to turn unfortunate deaths or medical results into a crime against a doctor... Unexpected deaths can occur in severe, chronic pain patients, unrelated to medical treatment. This is especially true with patients who are drug addicts or drug abusers." Shawn Crahan, fellow band member said, "None of it is going to bring back our brother Paul. This epidemic of this sort of activity is becoming more and more... evident. It truly is becoming a problem amongst people. And it trickles all the way down to the youth. And awareness needs to be brought about... not only substance abuse but the ability to acquire substances, to get chemicals and the efficiency of it... Hopefully justice will be served."