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ME says death certificate signature was forgery

Defense attorneys are finding fertile ground for cross examination in a Campbell County death penalty case.

A medical examiner testified at a pretrial hearing yesterday that her signature was forged on the victim’s death certificate submitted to the Health Department. Evidence suggested the forgery might have been the result of a paperwork error at a funeral home.

Assistant Chief Medical Examiner Christina Roberts also testified that a funeral home mishandled the victim’s body before it was delivered to the state lab, according to The News & Advance.

The paper reports defense lawyer David Baugh tangled with Circuit Judge John Cook over his questioning of Roberts in the case of Renauldo Sinclair Oliver.

Roberts testified the irregularities did not affect her conclusions about the cause of death of the murder victim, Wilbur West.

By Peter Vieth

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