Hearing set in murder case with botched autopsy

By: AP News
By: AP News

CARROLLTON, Ala. (AP) - A west Alabama woman could soon be
cleared of a capital murder charge in the death of her stillborn
baby.

A judge set a hearing for Thursday in Carrollton in the case
against Bridget Lee, a longtime church pianist.

The 34-year-old Lee was charged with capital murder and spent
nine months in jail after authorities charged her with murdering
her baby in 2006. She conceived the child during an extramarital
affair.

The first autopsy by a state examiner determined the child was
born alive and was suffocated in a homicide. The defense challenged
the finding, and state experts now say the baby died of pneumonia
and never drew a single breath.

The doctor whose autopsy led to the murder charge left Alabama
and now works in Texas.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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