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Widow of late Slipknot bassist testifies against doctor in manslaughter case

Brenna speaking about the death of her husband's Paul Gray at a press conference in 2012
Brenna speaking about the death of her husband's Paul Gray at a press conference in 2012
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The case against Doctor Daniel Baldi began nearly two years ago, after he prescribed large quantities of narcotic painkillers to nine different patients who later died of overdoses; among them was musician Paul Gray of Slipknot. The case has now gone to trial and Gray's widow Brenna recently took the stand to speak against the doctor's actions; he is currently charged with nine counts of involuntary manslaughter.

She told the court that Baldi gave Gray a prescription for the well-known anti-anxiety medication Xanax which Gray had been known to abuse in the past. She attempted to alert the doctor of this situation, even taking photos of her husband passed out from drugs to show as evidence. Their family did try to intervene, although no legal intervention was taken as Brenna was pregnant with their first child October at the time and afraid their daughter would be taken away, as well as feared being arrested herself.

The most surprising part of her testimony was that none of Gray's other band mates responded to Brenna when she asked them for help. "One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem." she said during her testimony. Interestingly, two of Gray's band mates Corey Taylor and M Shawn Crahan are listed as possible witnesses.

The defense tried to discredit the photos of Gray, claiming they were not in the medical files to which she said that "a lot of things weren't in there". She did however agree that Baldi had reduced the amount of Gray's Xanax prescription before he overdosed. Lawyers also noted that the only drug found at the scene of his death was Suboxone, a medication for people trying to break drug addictions, and that the autopsy showed he had overdosed from fentanyl and morphine. Neither drug was ever prescribed to Gray by Baldi.

If convicted, the doctor could face up to 18 years in prison.