Pattison Defense Team Calls Three Witnesses: Rests Case

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

November 8, 2010 Updated Nov 8, 2010 at 6:58 PM EDT

WABASH COUNTY, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A forensic pathologist testifying Monday in the Scott Pattison murder trial told jurors he disagrees with the coroner's ruling that Lisa Pattison's death was a homicide.

He was the final witness to take the stand before the defense rested.

Three witnesses in total were called.

Dr. Greg Davis, a forensic pathologist from the University of Kentucky, was last to testify.

He looked at the autopsy report produced by Fort Wayne Pathologist Dr. Scott Wagner and he disagreed with the finding of homicide.

Davis stated, in his opinion, the ruling should have been undetermined manner of death, saying the evidence suggests it just as easily could have been an accident.

Scott Pattison claimed on July second of last year, he returned to his Wabash County home to find his wife lying on a workout bench, unresponsive, with a weighted bar across her throat.

Prosecutor Bill Hartley maintains Pattison killed his wife, and he presented evidence that the act can be explained, in part, because he was having an affair with another woman.

The prosecution’s rebuttal to the defense expert is that the pathologist in the room for the autopsy said it was a homicide, and he was in the best position to make the call.

Doctor Robert Julien from Portland Oregon also testified for the defense.

Julien stated that Lisa Pattison had a toxic level of Phentermine, a weight reduction drug, in her blood at the time of her death, and that could have contributed to some sort of accident.

The jury will hear closing arguments Tuesday morning, and the plan is for the panel to begin deliberations soon after.

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