Attorney blames woman's death on spray tan

June 3, 2009 at 11:57 AM
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MIAMI, June 3 (UPI) -- The attorney for a Florida man accused of killing his wife says her death may have been caused by the spray tan she got the day before she died.

Defense Attorney Bill Matthewman asked the Miami-Dade County medical examiner whether Eleonora "Lina" Kaufman's death could have been caused by accidental poisoning, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

His questioning came during a bond hearing for condo developer Adam Kaufman, charged with second-degree murder in the November 2007 slaying of his wife.

Medical examiner Dr. Bruce A. Hyma ruled that Eleonora Kaufman died from mechanical asphyxiation.

During cross-examination, Matthewman said some people have suffered seizures and all kinds of adverse reactions from spray tans.

"I'm not aware of that," Hyma said.

Dade County Judge David Miller has said he would decide Wednesday if Kaufman can be released on bond pending his trial.

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