Doctor hired by family: Epstein injuries seem like homicide

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NEW YORK -

A longtime forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein's brother says some evidence suggests Epstein died by homicidal strangulation, not suicide by hanging.

Dr. Michael Baden reignited conspiracy theories Wednesday when he said on Fox News that fractures to Epstein's larynx and hyoid bone are more consistent with homicidal strangulation.

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But New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson says that she stands "firmly" behind her findings. The autopsy report appeared to put much speculation about the 66-year-old financier's death to rest.

Other experts have said the hyoid bone often breaks in suicidal hangings.

Baden was in the room for the autopsy, but he cautioned that his observations weren't conclusive.

Epstein was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center with a bedsheet around his neck on Aug. 10.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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