DEFENSE FAILS TO SUPPRESS KEY REPORT.Byline: Howard Breuer Staff Writer
PASADENA - The attorney for a pediatrician pe·di·a·tri·cian or pe·di·at·rist
A specialist in pediatrics. charged with strangling a pregnant colleague failed again Friday to persuade a judge to withhold key evidence from the jury.
Michael Abzug, attorney for Dr. Kevin Paul Anderson, 41, of La Verne La Verne (lə vûrn), city (1990 pop. 30,897), Los Angeles co., S Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles; inc. 1906. La Verne, which began as a citrus-processing center, now has varied manufacturing, including electronic components, apparel, hand argued that the county coroner's report explaining how Dr. Deepti Gupta Deepti Gupta (दीप्ति गुप्तI) is an actress of Indian origin who lives in New York City. She was born and raised in Delhi, India.
Deepti got her MFA in Acting from University of Texas from Austin, Texas. died should be suppressed because the 33-year-old Glendale woman was cremated before a defense witness could examine her.
Abzug said the coroner didn't determine whether marks on Gupta's neck were from an attacker or from her own fingers grabbing at her killer's hands.
But he said his expert - Dr. Dale H. Rice, a head and neck specialist at the University of Southern California The U.S. News & World Report ranked USC 27th among all universities in the United States in its 2008 ranking of "America's Best Colleges", also designating it as one of the "most selective universities" for admitting 8,634 of the almost 34,000 who applied for freshman admission - could have pinned it down and possibly provided evidence helpful to Anderson.
``They got rid of the body in a very hasty hast·y
adj. hast·i·er, hast·i·est
1. Characterized by speed; rapid. See Synonyms at fast1.
2. Done or made too quickly to be accurate or wise; rash: a hasty decision. manner without making it available to us,'' Abzug said.
He suggested the coroner's findings be suppressed on the grounds that authorities intentionally destroyed evidence that could benefit the defendant.
Pasadena Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz said the coroner had no choice but to release Gupta's body after the autopsy, and Gupta's family then had the right to dispose of To determine the fate of; to exercise the power of control over; to fix the condition, application, employment, etc. of; to direct or assign for a use.
See also: Dispose her body as they saw fit.
``I just don't see this as a situation where testimony should be suppressed as a sanction because evidence was destroyed,'' Schwartz said.
Anderson, former head of pediatrics at St. Luke Medical Center, reportedly was upset when Gupta backed out of a planned joint practice in Pasadena.
Anderson has said Gupta threatened to tell people she was pregnant with his child. He said she also suggested she might harm his 8-year-old daughter.
The conversation is said to have occurred Nov. 11 on a high hillside turnout in the Angeles National Forest The Angeles National Forest (ANF) was established by executive order on December 20, 1892 as the San Gabriel Timberland Reserve. It covers over 2,600 km² (650,000 acres) and is located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County, just north of the metropolitan area of Los , near Mount Wilson. Anderson allegedly strangled stran·gle
v. stran·gled, stran·gling, stran·gles
a. To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle.
b. Gupta with his hands and, with a Snoopy Snoopy
world’s most famous beagle. [Comics: “Peanuts” in Horn, 542]
See : Dogs
imaginative dog. [Comics: “Peanuts” in Horn, 542–543]
See : Illusion necktie, moved her from his car into hers, doused her body with gasoline and pushed her vehicle over a 230-foot cliff.
He told investigators the vehicle dropped from the cliff too fast for him to have torched Gupta's body, that he jumped out just in time to catch the cliff's edge.
The Coroner's Office examined her body the following morning, Nov. 12, and released it Nov. 13 to relatives, who cremated Gupta before sundown in accordance with the Hindu faith.
In recent appearances, Abzug also unsuccessfully tried to suppress Anderson's statement to sheriff's detectives, as well as evidence seized from his home, office and wallet.
But the coroner's findings are particularly crucial, said Deputy District Attorney Marian Thompson.
``It would have been a significant problem without the cause of death,'' she said.
Jury selection is expected to start Oct. 18. The attorneys expect the trial to take four weeks, possibly longer if the jury convicts Anderson and returns to decide whether to send him to Death Row.