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Posted on Apr 24, 2014 12:59 pm
Late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray's widow recently testified against the doctor who treated the bassist prior to his death and is now facing involuntary manslaughter charges.
Brenna Gray took the witness stand this Tuesday (April 22), accusing Dr. Daniel Baldi of careless prescription habits, also noting that none of Paul's bandmates cared about helping him.
As Des Moines Register reports, Baldi reportedly continued prescribing Gray with Xanax despite knowing he was a struggling drug addict. "I just knew it was his drug of choice, that he'd struggled with it," Brenna told the court. "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."
Baldi's also facing charges for involuntarily murdering eight other patients. In Paul's case, the doctor's attorney insisted that only one out of numerous pill bottles found in the bassist apartment following his death was prescribed by Baldi - a bottle of Suboxone pills.
The attorney also asked the widow on whether she was aware that the autopsy showed her husband overdosed on painkillers fentanyl and morphine, neither of which Baldi ever prescribed to him.
"You understand, do you not, ma'am, that if Paul got the morphine and the fentanyl on the street somewhere, that it's nobody's fault except Mr. Gray or the person he got it from?" the lawyer asked.
Brenna also insisted that Gray's bandmates didn't care about him, not wanting to get involved with the bassist's issues. "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."
The widow also testified about being afraid to call the authorities due to a fear of being arrested for possessing drugs stashed in their home. As Brenna also noted, Paul's final days were a blur of extreme drug abuse.
If convicted, Baldi could face up to 18 years in prison.