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Tests Point to Overdose in Binion's Death, Not Murder

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 14th November 2004 11:30am
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LAS VEGAS - Two forensic pathologists testified in the Ted Binion murder retrial that the gambling heir died of an accidental drug overdose and was not murdered.

"There is no evidence of any injury or other disease process that could account for death," Dr. Charles Wetli, a New York medical examiner, said Monday. "Based on everything I've reviewed, the death would be accidental."

Vincent DiMaio, a chief medical examiner in San Antonio, Texas, said the prosecution's contention that Binion was slain is incorrect.

He said red marks found on Binion's chest were not shirt button marks impressed into Binion's chest as his killer suffocated him, as has been alleged by prosecutors. "They are not button marks," DiMaio said. "Don't look like them. Too big. You shouldn't get them from sitting on someone."

The cause of death is key in the retrial of Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish, who are accused of killing Binion in September 1998.



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