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Transgender lifer may get more treatment

Oct. 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

BOSTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A judge has told Massachusetts it must find an expert to say whether a convicted transgender killer has a medical need for electrolysis to remove hair.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf has scheduled a hearing Nov. 19, the Boston Herald reported. The judge said an expert must be identified by the end of next week.

The state plans to appeal Wolf's order that Robert Kosilek get sex-change surgery. Kosilek, 63, who is serving a life sentence for killing his wife, Cheryl, has been diagnosed with gender identity disorder. He now calls himself Michelle.

Dr. Robert Deiner, who works for the Department of Corrections, testified in 2010 that Kosilek does not need electrolysis. He is expected to testify again Nov. 19.

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