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Ali Salim, Doctor Who Drugged And Killed Pregnant Mom, Seeks Leniency

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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 forme | ASSOCIATED PRESS

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for a former Ohio doctor who pleaded guilty to killing a pregnant mother acknowledge he recorded himself having sex with the incapacitated woman and later moved her body but say she caused her own accidental overdose.

The attorneys argue Ali Salim should be granted leniency at sentencing Friday in central Ohio's Delaware County. They said in a court filing Thursday that Salim accepts responsibility for his actions and the court should consider his previous background as a doctor in good standing with no criminal history.

The 44-year-old Salim pleaded guilty to rape and involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors allege he administered a fatal dose of heroin to 23-year-old Deanna Ballman and say she wasn't a drug user. They're pushing for the maximum sentence of 37 years.

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