- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A lawyer for a Des Moines doctor accused of prescribing large amounts of narcotic painkillers was denied a mistrial request in the case.

Guy Cook made the request Thursday during testimony in the trial of Daniel Baldi. He faces nine counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1mhznkL ) Cook said a witness’ statements about Baldi were hearsay and designed to inflame and prejudice the case. Associate Polk County District Judge Gregory Brandt instructed jurors to ignore the witness’ comments. He denied the mistrial request.

Prosecutors say Baldi prescribed large amounts of narcotic painkillers to patients including Paul Gray, founder of the band Slipknot, who died in 2010. Baldi’s denies responsibility for the deaths.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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