Iowa Pain Doctor Agrees to Stop Practicing for Criminal Investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines pain-relief doctor has promised to stop practicing medicine while a criminal case against him works its way through the courts.

The doctor's lawyer, Guy Cook, told the Des Moines Register that Dr. Daniel Baldi recently reached that agreement with the Iowa Board of Medicine, which approve the deal Friday.

Baldi is charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly prescribing large amounts of narcotic painkillers to eight patients who fatally overdosed.

One of the eight patients identified in court documents was Paul Gray, a founder of the heavy metal band Slipknot. He died of an overdose in 2010 at an Urbandale hotel.

A preliminary hearing for Baldi is set for Oct. 9 in a Polk County court.
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