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Doctor Accused In Rape, Murder Released On Bond

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Ali Salim Ali Salim

Days after a local doctor was charged with the murder of a pregnant woman, the suspect is out of jail on bond.

New Albany Doctor Ali Salim is accused in connection with the death of 23-year-old Deanna Ballman, of Pataskala, and her unborn child.

Ballman's body was found in the front yard of an abandoned farmhouse in August, 2012.

PHOTO GALLERY: Images From Deanna Ballman Case

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.

Bond was set for Salim at $1 million last week.

He posted bond and will be under house arrest, wearing an ankle monitor. His trial begins on May 7.

His attorney, Sam Shamansky, said his client is innocent.

"He's innocent. He's not guilty. He's got no reason to flee. His life is here. His profession is here. His history since 1992 is here," Shamansky said.

Delaware County Adult Court services went to the home Monday to adjust Salim's ankle monitor to make sure he doesn't leave the home.

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.

Sources told NBC4 that she went to Salim to sell sex because she needed money.

Ballman's mother told NBC4 that her daughter was three weeks away from delivering her third child.

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.

Salim is still a licensed Ohio doctor. He most recently practiced in Mount Vernon and Jackson, Ohio.

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