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New Albany Doctor Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Pregnant Woman's Death
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A New Albany doctor has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for his role in the deaths of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
Dr. Ali Salim entered guilty pleas Thursday morning to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, as well as a count each of tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse, related to the August, 2012 death of Deanna Ballman, who was nine months pregnant when she was killed.
Salim entered an Alford Plea to a charge of rape, meaning he believes a jury would likely find him guilty, but does not admit to committing the crime.
Salim initially pleaded not guilty to charges that he lured Ballman to his New Albany home via an online ad seeking cleaning services in August, 2012, then raped the mother of two and gave her a fatal dose of heroin.
Ballman's body was found in the backseat of her car in a rural Delaware County field.
Salim faces up to 36 years in prison according to a plea agreement reached with prosecutors. He is scheduled to be sentenced December 20.