Testimony on Drug in Augustine Death

The chief toxicologist for the Washoe County Crime Lab says that tests conducted by the FBI showing former Nevada Controller Kathy Augustine had a paralyzing drug in her system when she died were scientifically accurate and reliable.

The testimony by William Anderson came on the fourth day in the murder trial of Chaz Higgs, accused of killing Augustine, who was
his wife, with a lethal dose of succinylcholine.

Under questioning by Chief Deputy District Attorney Thomas Barb,
Anderson said he has never heard of the drug occurring naturally in
the body.

But Anderson, when questioned by the defense, acknowledged that
science is always evolving and that no one has considered what affect being revived from the dead could have on tests for the drug.

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