CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago judge agreed on Friday to allow authorities investigating a possible murder to exhume the body of a man who died of cyanide poisoning shortly after winning $1 million in the Illinois Lottery.
Cook County Judge Susan Coleman agreed there was “reasonable and sufficient” reason to allow the Cook County medical examiner to obtain more forensic samples from the body of Urooj Kahn, 46, who died on July 20.
No date has been set for the exhumation, but the medical examiner’s goal is to conduct the autopsy by the end of next week, according to Mary Paleologos, a spokeswoman for the county.
Khan died without a will and his estate was mired in a legal battle in the probate division of Cook County Circuit Court.
People at the courthouse, who said they were related to Khan, wanted to know the truth about his death and were pleased the exhumation would be performed.
“We are 100 percent confident he did not die of a natural cause,” said a man who identified himself as Khan’s brother, but did not give his name. “And something has happened to him … The truth will come out and everyone will know.”
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