Forensic pathologist can testify at murder trial

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.

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