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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Lottery Winner's Body Will Be Exhumed

LotteryAs I have previously discussed, Urooj Khan died as a result of cyanide poisoning shortly before he was set to obtain his lottery winnings and a court was set to determine whether they would exhume his body. Now, a court scheduled that his body be exhumed early on Friday, January 18, 2013. The court scheduled his exhumation early because Khan's body was not embalmed. According to the court papers, a full autopsy is needed to determine whether the results of the blood analysis were accurate. The autopsy will also be used to rule out other possible causes of Khan's death. Additionally, "a pathologist will take samples of Khan's stomach contents" and parts of his lungs. Investigators hope that this will lead them to determine how Khan ingested the cyanide. 

See Jeremy Gorner, Exhumation Set For Friday In Cyanide Poisoning Case, The Chicago Tribune, Jan. 18, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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