ABERDEEN, S.D. — A South Dakota judge has agreed to a defence request for a second autopsy in a murder case, even though the victim’s body has already been embalmed.
Jarrett Jones, 48, is in custody on a first-degree murder charge in the Jan. 2 fatal shooting of Jon Schumacher. Brown County court documents say the shooting took place at Jones’ business in Bath, about 200 miles (320 kilometres) northwest of Sioux Falls, according to Aberdeen American News.
An autopsy was conducted Jan. 3.
Jones’ defence attorney, Marshall Lovrien, requested a second autopsy on Jan. 4, but was informed the body was already at the funeral home.
Lovrien, in a motion, said Jones has the right to an independent evaluation of the body. A magistrate judge approved the motion.
The Associated Press