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Convicted Murderer of Pregnant Woman Has Bond Revoked
DELAWARE (Tom Bosco /Kate Liebers) The New Albany doctor who pleaded guilty to killing a pregnant woman is behind bars earlier than he had hoped.
Ali Salim is to return to the Delaware County Jail on the order of Judge Duncan Whitney, who revoked Salim's $1 million bond Thursday upon the request of Salim's bail bondsman, Andy Callif.
Callif's attorney Paul Aucoin filed a motion in late October asking that Salim's bond be revoked because the convicted killer was considered a flight risk. Salim had allegedly refused to hand over his car keys and tools that could be used to remove his court-ordered ankle monitor, according to the motion.
The bondsman was also concerned about Salims ties to Pakistani and his financial ability to flee the country.
By Thursday, Salims defense attorney Shamansky threatened to sue the bondsman for accusations of fraud, inflicting emotional distress and a breach of contract.
Before the hearing, however,
By Thursday, Aucoin and Shamansky had worked out an alternative to the bond revocation: Salim would give up his keys and pay more for the private detective keeping an eye on him.
But Whitney, sharing the bondsmans earlier concerns about Salim being flight risk, rejected this alternative and proceeded with the bond revocation instead.
The decision led to impassioned pleas by Shamansky.
With two ankle monitors on him and no passport, there's nowhere he can go, he said. "I don't know what more this man can do to show the good faith he's shown for the last year or so."
Whitney said he was not going to change his mind.
With that, Salim was handcuffed and escorted by a Sheriffs deputy out of the courtroom.
"He's disappointed, who wouldn't be, but as I said, he's conducted himself as a man, admirably throughout this entire proceeding and he's going to continue to," Shamansky said.
Prosecutors said they are satisfied with the judges decision, although they hadnt opposed Salims house arrest.
Shamansky said he plans to withdraw the lawsuit against the bondsman now that the bond has been revoked.
Salim was initially ordered to serve house arrest until his sentencing hearing Dec. 20, when he will face up to 37 years in prison.
Salim pleaded guilty in October to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deaths of Deanna Ballman and her unborn child. Ballman, 23, was nine months pregnant when Salim injected her with a fatal dose of heroin at his home in August, 2012, according to investigators.