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Des Moines Doctor Facing Involuntary Manslaughter Charges Granted Delay

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Polk County judge has delayed a preliminary hearing for a Des Moines doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly prescribing large amounts of narcotic painkillers to eight patients who fatally overdosed.

The judge granted a defense motion to postpone the hearing for Dr. Daniel Baldi until Oct. 9. The hearing had been set for Friday.

Baldi's attorney, Guy Cook, requested the delay, citing, among other reasons, time to gather medical and pharmacy records for patients not in his possession and to coordinate witnesses.

Baldi was charged earlier this month. 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.

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