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KASTANIS DEFENSE CITES INDIANA CASE

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When the Sam Kastanis murder trial resumed Tuesday, the focus was on an Indiana murder case.

The defense called two Indiana doctors to impeach the credibility of Rod Englert, the state's blood-spatter expert, who testified that the evidence shows Kastanis killed his wife and three children. Englert was questioned earlier about an opinion he rendered in a 1985 Indiana case in which a man died after being hit in the head 32 times with a hammer.Englert has said he believes that the man committed suicide and said "hundreds of people" agree with him. But Indiana coroner Daniel Thomas and Dr. John Pless, a professor of pathology at Indiana University, testified Tuesday that the death was a homicide, noting that police and other experts agree with them.

Thomas said it would be "humanly impossible for someone to inflict such wounds on himself. "The man is practicing medicine without a license, and that's illegal," he said of Englert.

Tuesday was the 16th day of the capital-murder trial for Kastanis, who maintains his wife killed the children then herself. Kastanis is expected to testify on his own behalf later this week.