A circuit court judge ruled last week that a forensic pathologist can testify in the murder trial of Michael Lafler.
Judge Paul Stutesman qualified forensic pathologist Amanda Fisher-Hubbard as an expert witness after the defense attempted to stop her from testifying.
Lafler, 36, is charged with open murder in the 2021 death of his girlfriend, 33-year-old Chelsea Wallen.
The judge also denied a motion to suppress her testimony during the August preliminary examination.
Defense attorney Anastase Markou attempted during a 90-minute cross-examination of Fisher-Hubbard to discredit the doctor’s opinion as to what Wallen’s cause of death was: Fisher-Hubbard says it was strangulation; the defense says it was drugs, alcohol or a combination of the two.