Famed Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden testifies for prosecution in Brighton ax murder trial

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Famed New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden testified for the prosecution Wednesday in the Brighton ax murder trial of Jim Krauseneck. He’s accused of killing his wife Cathy while she was sleeping in bed. Baden gave his expert opinion on when he believes Cathy was killed.

Testimony in the case will resume Thursday at 10 a.m. and Baden will be cross examined by Krauseneck’s attorneys.

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Baden was asked in 2019 to review Cathy Krauseneck’s original autopsy report which was handled by Dr. Evelyn Lewis. She died back in 2018. Lewis put in her report that Cathy was killed between 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. Jim claims he left for work at 6:30 that morning.

Baden says he agrees with Lewis in the manner that she was killed, but came up with a time of death that’s different from Lewis’s findings. Baden believes she died well before 6:30 that morning.

Prosecutor Patrick Gallagher explains how he was able to make that determination.

“He did look at three different areas specifically. What’s called rigor mortis, the stiffening of the body. The gastric contents, the stomach contents of Cathy during the autopsy, and then the temperature that was taken after her death when the medical examiner arrived at the scene. He looked at those three different areas, and then using all three of those calculations came up with an estimated time of death,” said Gallagher.

We will continue to follow this trial, and will be in court for the cross examination.