Experts duel over what killed Ga. soldier's wife

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 2:00 PM

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — A military judge is hearing dueling opinions from medical experts on what likely killed the pregnant wife of a Georgia-based soldier on trial for murder.

The conflicting testimony Wednesday at Fort Stewart could prove pivotal in the court-martial of Army Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, who faces an automatic life sentence if convicted of murder in his wife's July 2011 killing.

The military's autopsy on Sgt. Deirdre Aguigui was inconclusive. But Dr. James Downs, a civilian medical examiner, testified Wednesday that he's confident she was strangled in a chokehold that left no telltale marks.

But a defense expert, Dr. Adel Shaker, testified the 24-year-old woman had a medical history suggesting she likely died from a sudden heart attack.

Defense attorneys say there's not enough evidence to prove she was killed by anyone.

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