DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio doctor sued over the heroin death of an expectant mother who died after answering a Craigslist ad wants the lawsuit delayed until after his criminal case is resolved.
Ali Salim faces an October trial and says delaying the lawsuit will allow the criminal case to go forward unimpeded.
The 44-year-old Salim has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, raping and killing Deanna Ballman last summer by injecting her with heroin, as well as killing her unborn daughter.
A $40 million wrongful death lawsuit against Salim by Ballman's family also targets Craigslist and the central Ohio hospital where Salim worked.
Investigators say Ballman answered a personal ad placed by Salim.
Salim attorney Sam Shamansky said in his Tuesday filing the delay is acceptable to Ballman's family attorney.