Bond Set For Doctor Charged In Pregnant Mother's Death


UPDATED: Thursday February 21, 2013 2:54 PM

A judge set a $1 million bond for the New Albany doctor accused in the death of Deanna Ballman.

Ali Salim, an emergency room doctor who worked in Knox County, was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder as well as rape, felonious assault, corrupting another with drugs, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

The charges are in connection with the death of 23-year-old Ballman of Pataskala and her unborn child. Ballman’s body was discovered on August 1.

Ballman, who was a mother of two and nine-months-pregnant, was found dead of heroin intoxication in her car last summer near Westerville.

Ballman's attorney said on Wednesday that his client is not flight risk.

If Salim makes bond, he will be required to be under house arrest with a GPS monitor and will have to relinquish his passport.

Salim's trial is set for May 7.

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