Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, Dr. Ali Salim waits for deputies to escort him from the courtroom after he pleaded not guilty to charges of killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child in Delaware, Ohio. The family of Deanna Ballman, an expectant mother, has filed a $40 million lawsuit against Salim, the former doctor accused of raping and killing her, the Ohio hospital where he worked and Craigslist, where they met. The lawsuit filed Monday, July 29, 2013 in county court blames former doctor Ali Salim for killing Ballman by injecting her with heroin after she answered a Craigslist ad he placed for cleaning services. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)
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.