W.Va. High Court Finds Medical Examiner’s Opinions Relevant In Murder Case

(April 18, 2016, 11:07 AM EDT) -- CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A deputy medical examiner’s testimony about a victim’s wounds and cause of death was relevant given that a petitioner was charged with murdering her husband by shooting him in the head, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals held April 13, affirming a jury conviction of murder in the first degree without a recommendation of mercy (State of West Virginia v. Julia Surbaugh, No. 14-0890, W.Va. Sup.; 2016 W. Va. LEXIS 239).

(Opinion available. Document #30-160513-001Z.)

The Supreme Court also ruled that Judge...
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