Adam Kaufman Trial: Detectives Handling Case Had Affair


Adam Kaufman Trial: New Medical Examiner Testifies

Former Associate Medical Examiner supervisor Dr. Satish Chundru testified on behalf of the state Thursday morning that he was the supervisor in the room at the time, but did not watch over Eleonora Kaufman's autopsy.

As prosecutors described two possible scenarios of how Adam Kaufman said he found his wife in the morning of her death, Dr. Chundry told the jury that neither of the explanations -- one with Eleonora hitting the magazine rack or the other, with Eleonora leaning on the toilet bowl -- could cause the injuries to the neck she sustained.

When asked about the alleged three botched intubations performed on Eleonora Kaufman, Dr. Chundry replied that the injuries she sustained could not have been caused by the intubation process.

Dr. Chundry also testified that Eleonora Kaufman's heart was the most normal heart he could see in an autopsy. When asked about the scar that independent medical examiners found months after her initial autopsy, he replied "I could find a scar that size in every case I see."

Eleonora Kaufman's death first made headlines back in 2009 when the defense initially said it was caused by a violent, allergic reaction to a spray tan, but that theory has since been scrapped. Adam Kaufman's lawyers are now using the defense that she died of a heart attack from a pre-existing heart condition.

Testimony continues Monday morning in Miami, and the trial is expected to last several weeks.

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