Judge rejects medical examiner’s motion to dismiss testimony in Zutten Murder . trial



The murder trial for Michael Zutten is underway after a judge rejected the defense’s request to prevent the medical examiner and forensic anthropologist from testifying.

Zutten was charged with murdering his fiancée in 2015. Prosecutors say he posted photos of his body hiding on Facebook after his fiancée’s death.

The judge ruled on Thursday that the medical examiner could call the death a homicide while testifying. The judge said expert witnesses were reliable and their opinions would not influence the jury.

Zutten’s attorney filed a motion to limit what medical examiners and forensic anthropologists can say in court.

Thursday’s testimony was sometimes graphic and gritty, but necessary, all centered around what remains of Heather Grimshaw.

The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide in 2015. Soon after hikers found her remains in a remote area of ​​Picayune State Park. The medical examiner could not determine how she died.

However, Collier County detectives arrested her live-in boyfriend Michael Zutten three years later.

On Thursday, the judge heard arguments over whether the medical examiner could say Grimshaw’s death was homicide.

In court, medical examiner, Dr Manfred Gorges, said, “I think the totality of information from law enforcement has led me to believe that this happened under very dubious circumstances.”

The defense also questioned whether a forensic anthropologist used reliable techniques to determine the time frame of death, defined as days to weeks from when the body was found. are not.

The defense argued that the prosecution presented neither medical nor scientific evidence, and suggested that there were other possibilities for her death.

Prosecutors replied that the defense wanted to remove expert witnesses because they did not like the testimony they were going to give.

Opening statements for the case will begin Friday morning in Collier County Court. Judge rejects medical examiner’s motion to dismiss testimony in Zutten Murder . trial

Aila Slisco

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