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Expert Rules Out Suicide in Death

April 10, 2001

ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands (AP) _ A forensic expert ruled out suicide in the death of an American woman whose body was found on a beach in the British Virgin Islands, countering suggestions by the defense that she could have taken her own life.

During his testimony on Monday, Nathaniel Cary, a forensic pathologist from Britain, said the idea that Lois Livingstone McMillen could have committed suicide is ``laughable.″

The body of McMillen, a 34-year-old artist from Middlebury, Connecticut, was found on the shore of Tortola on Jan. 15, 2000. She had been vacationing on the island at the time.

Four American men are charged with murder in McMillen’s death _ William Labrador, a 37-year-old financial adviser from Southampton, New York; Michael Spicer, a law student from Albemarle County, Virginia; his companion Evan George, 23, an unemployed construction worker from Washington D.C.; and Alexander Benedetto, 35, who works for a publisher in New York City.

Prosecutors have argued that McMillen was held face down in shallow water until she drowned.

The four defendants, who have pleaded innocent, deny being with McMillen the night she died, although they said they shared drinks and food on the two previous evenings.

Prosecutors say the trial, which began April 2, could last a month.

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