Dr. Daniel Baldi has been acquitted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, including one charge involving the death of Slipknot bassist, Paul Gray.
Rolling Stone reports, via The Des Moines Register, that the jury deliberated for two days at the close of the trial, eventually deciding that the prosecution had failed to prove that Baldi had acted recklessly, or prescribed drugs that knowingly lead to his patients’ deaths.
Paul Gray’s widow, Brenna, was a witness at the trial in April, and claimed that Baldi continued to prescribe Xanax to her husband while knowing that Gray had a history of abusing it. She also said that Baldi reduced Gray’s Xanax dosage in the months leading up to his death of an overdose of morphine and fentanyl in May 2010.
Since the bassist’s death, members of Slipknot have worked on solo albums, but have not recorded another album as a band. It was announced in February, however, that the remaining members have entered the studio to record together.
Frontman Corey Taylor says of the new material: “I can say that, to me – and this is only my opinion – it’s a cross between [2001’s] Iowa and [2004’s] Volume 3, but that’s honestly just scratching the surface. I think the fans are going to be very, very excited when they hear this stuff.”