Pathologist Testifies About Cause Of Death In Pattison Trial

By Megan Trent

Pathologist Testifies About Cause Of Death In Pattison Trial

October 29, 2010 Updated Oct 29, 2010 at 6:59 PM EST

WABASH, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A forensic pathologist testified at the Scott Pattison murder trial today.

He said it was "suspicious" that Scott Pattison, a trained first responder, moved his wife's clearly deceased body from the scene instead of continuing CPR as is recommended.

Doctor Wagner also testified that if the weight bar had dropped more than one to two inches, he would have observed more "crushing" in the neck.

In addition, he said the body's temperature at the hospital indicated Lisa Pattison had died several hours earlier.

Wagner said there were broken blood vessels on her lower back not caused by the weight bar. Prosecutors demonstrated their theory in front of jurors today... someone sitting on Lisa Pattison and applying pressure on the weight bar.

Lisa Pattison's mother also testified Friday about her distrust of her son-in-law. We caught up with Lisa Pattison's father after court. Jerry Young said, "The pain we're all suffering is to find out what's going on and I want to know personally what happened. I want to know why."

The defense called the doctor who prescribed Lisa Pattison weight loss pills to the stand Friday. Weight loss pills and anti-depressants were found in Lisa Pattison's body. Defense attorneys say the combination could have rendered the woman incapable of helping herself, but prosecutors say the levels were within normal range.

Additional information will be available on our website later this evening.

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