Appeals court rejects exhuming Knox Co. prosecutor's body

Appeals court rejects exhuming Knox Co. prosecutor's body

Raynella Dossett Leath Raynella Dossett Leath

KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) -- A Tennessee appeals court has turned down the prosecution's bid to exhume the body of a former Knox County district attorney for evidence in his widow's murder trial.

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals issued an order Thursday rejecting the request of special prosecutors to disinter the body of Ed Dossett for a second autopsy.

The judge overseeing the murder case against widow Raynella Dossett Leath already denied the request three times as unnecessary.

In their ruling, a three-judge appeals court panel agreed.

Dossett died in 1992 in what was ruled a farm accident after being trampled by his cattle.

But a medical examiner has testified that Dossett, who had cancer, may have died instead of a morphine overdose.

Leath is also charged with killing her second husband, David Leath. That case ended with a hung jury in March.


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