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N.C. lawyer protests pathologist's testimony

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The lawyer for a novelist accused of killing his wife questioned on Friday the testimony of the pathologist who said the woman's injuries indicate she was attacked.

Michael Peterson is accused in the death of his wife, Kathleen, who was found Dec. 9, 2001, at the bottom of a staircase in the house she shared with her husband. Defense attorneys contend she died in an accidental fall.

Dr. Deborah Radisch, the assistant state medical examiner, testified on Thursday that Kathleen Peterson had wounds on her hands that indicated she tried to fight off an attacker. She also had crushed thyroid cartilage that Radisch said typically indicates strangulation.

David Rudolf, Michael Peterson's lawyer, said Kathleen Peterson didn't have injuries normally associated with beating victims.