After conviction, official rules death might not be murder

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 26, 2015 at 5:51 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man convicted in his wife's fatal shooting is asking for a new trial after a medical examiner found that the death might not have been a homicide.

The deputy state medical examiner says in court documents that he's changed his ruling in the death of 25-year-old Heidy Truman. Edward Leis says he re-examined the evidence in the case and determined that she could have shot herself.

Conrad Truman has maintained his innocence, saying he found her fatally wounded after she left to take a shower in October 2012.

The 33-year-old is serving a sentence of up to life in prison after he was convicted of killing her after a drunken argument, possibly to collect nearly $1 million in insurance money.

Prosecutor Craig Johnson says a medical examiner's opinion is not essential to a case.

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