A New Albany doctor has been arrested and charged with the murder of a pregnant woman whose body was found in the front yard of an abandoned farmhouse on August 1, 2012.
Ali Salim has been charged with two counts of murder, rape, felonious assault, corrupting another with drugs, kidnapping, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of 23-year-old Deanna Ballman, of Pataskala, and her unborn child.
Salim was indicted on a total of nine counts.
Salim is expected to appear in court Thursday for an arraignment hearing.
Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien said Wednesday that authorities are one step closer to bringing justice for Ballman's family and friends.
Deanna's mother told NBC4's Candice Lee Wednesday that the family is happy to hear that Salim has been indicted, and that they hope justice will be served.
The prosecutor said she is pushing for a high cash bond.
The Delaware County Sheriff's office arrested Salim without incident shortly after 12 p.m. on Wednesday at his New Albany home in the 5000 block of Turner Close, after a warrant was issued for his arrest by the Delaware County Clerk of Courts.
Ballman's body was found in her vehicle in the front yard of an abandoned farm house, along the 12000 block of Bevelheimer Road, in Harlem Township, in Delaware County, at about 12:27 p.m. on August 1, 2012.
Ballman was nine-months pregnant at the time of her death. She was originally reported missing, and had last been seen in the New Albany area on July 31, 2012, according to the sheriff's office.
Ballman's mother told NBC4 that her daughter was three weeks away from delivering her third child. She was the mother of two children and was trying to find work by cleaning houses through ads that had been placed on Craigslist.
Salim is still a licensed Ohio doctor. He most recently practiced in Mount Vernon and Jackson, Ohio.
Authorities had executed two search warrants at Salim's home in August in connection with Ballman's death. In one of the searches, investigators confiscated a computer. Neighbors said they watched investigators seize six bags of items from the New Albany home.
Relatives of Ballman told NBC4 that investigators said Deanna went to clean a home on Turner Close in response to an advertisement on Craigslist.
A toxicology report released by the Delaware County Coroner's office noted Ballman died of acute heroin intoxication. Ballman's blood tested positive for morphine, monoacetylmorphine, acetylcodeine, and traces of codeine, commonly known as heroin.
An autopsy on Ballman's body showed no signs of trauma, but indicated that she had bruising on the inside of her left elbow, and a needle puncture and bruising on her left thigh.
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