Body of San Diego hanging victim to be exhumed

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by The Associated Press

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on October 26, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 26 at 11:42 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The family of a woman who was found hanged in a San Diego mansion say they'll exhume her body for more testing and the findings will be aired on the "Dr. Phil" TV show in the future.

Relatives of Rebecca Zahau don't accept the medical examiner's conclusion that she committed suicide in July at the Coronado home.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quotes a family statement as saying a public donation fund will pay for the exhumation and a second autopsy.

Zahau's naked and bound body was found in the mansion owned by her boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai, CEO of Medicis Pharmaceuticals Corp., an Arizona-based company.

Authorities say she killed herself because she was distraught over a fatal fall that Shacknai's 6-year-old son suffered at the house two days earlier.
 

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