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Judge wants autopsy video turned over to defense
Associated Press

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Published: 6/25/2010 12:00 AM

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A Will County judge says if a videotape of an autopsy on the body of Drew Peterson's third wife isn't turned over to defense attorneys he may not allow the famous pathologist who conducted it to testify at Peterson's murder trial next month.

On Thursday, prosecutors told Judge Stephen White about the videotape, explaining it was made surreptitiously by a television news producer during Dr. Michael Baden's 2007 autopsy of Kathleen Savio. The autopsy was conducted for Savio's family.

Not allowing Baden to testify could be significant because in February he testified that he believed Savio's death was a homicide and not an accident.

Two other pathologists testified. One agreed with Baden and the other backed the original finding that Savio's death was accidental.