Ohio Doctor Posts $1 Million Bond In Woman’s Death

Dr. Ali Salim leaves jail after posing $1 million bond. Salim is charged with killing Deanna Ballman and her unborn baby last summer.(Photo: MySpace)
Dr. Ali Salim leaves jail after posing $1 million bond. Salim is charged with killing Deanna Ballman and her unborn baby last summer.(Photo: MySpace)

The New Albany doctor charged with raping and killing a pregnant woman last summer was released from jail Monday after posting a $1 million bond.

Doctor Ali Salim surrendered his passport and will be on house arrest, monitored by GPS.
Delaware’s Adult Court Services chief probation officer, Doug Missman, said the GPS monitoring is effective.

“It’s a great tool. It gives us a lot of information where somebody is when they are there,” Missman said. “But, again, there is no panacea out there, there’s no guarantee with any form of supervision.”

As part of his bond conditions, Delaware Judge Whitney Duncan ordered Salim to stay in the state. And he must keep in touch with his attorney at least one every two weeks. Salim may only leave his residence to attend case-related appointments.

Prosecutors had asked for a $5 million bond, saying Salim, from Pakistan, was a flight risk.

Forty-four-year-old Salim has pleaded not guilty to charges he killed Deanna Ballman last summer with a fatal dose of heroin after she responded to a housekeeper ad.

Ballman was nine months pregnant when she was killed.

Salim’s trial is set for early May.

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