A doctor has been acquitted of the involuntary manslaughter of Slipknot's Paul Gray.
As NME notes, Doctor Daniel Baldi of Des Moines, Iowa, was standing trial for his part in Gray's death in 2010 and the deaths of six others, but was acquitted of the charges on May 1. The jury deliberated for two days, stating that they could not find him guilty of reckless behaviour and writing prescriptions that lead to the seven deaths, reports the Des Moines Register.
Baldi still faces several malpractice lawsuits and also administrative charges from the Iowa Board of Medicine, who - even though he has not practiced medicine since 2012 - could suspend or revoke his medical license, adds the local news source.
Last month the court heard that late Slipknot bassist Gray spent his final weeks in a "blur" of drug abuse. Testifying at Polk County District Court, the bassist's widow, Brenna Gray, raised concerns about her husband being prescribed Xanax. She told the court: "I just knew it was his drug of choice, that he'd struggled with it. So I just wasn't really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction."
Painting a picture of her husband's final days, she said she and family members staged an intervention hoping to help Gray confront his behaviour, but Gray instead went to a local hotel, where he was found dead two days later. Brenna Gray says she did not contact the authorities for fear of being arrested for drugs kept in the house and worried that their unborn child would be taken away from them.
She said she appealed to Gray's Slipknot bandmates for help, but none was offered. "One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come," she testified. "Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem."