In court Friday, Lieberman said he and county Prosecutor Tony Kendell met jointly with another pathologist who ruled after an autopsy that Higgins’ cause of death was due to blunt force trauma. Lieberman said there were no signs “on the body or head to indicate a fight.”
That information, along with medical record details about Higgins’ heart being revived at the hospital, were cited in the request. Kendell did not object to the request.
“It is a very unique set of circumstances,” Kendell said of the case.
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Lieberman said Ralston first would be asked to review available medical records to see if they contain information needed.
Gee said he would approve up to $1,500 for the review.
Smith remains in the county jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.