Judge will not Suppress Evidence in Wrestler Death Case

ATLANTA (AP) _ A federal magistrate says investigators did not
act improperly in searches of the office of Chris Benoit's personal
physician after the pro wrestler killed his wife, young son and
himself.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Russell G. Vineyard decided yesterday
against suppressing evidence seized in searches of Dr. Phil Astin's
office, his mother's home and a storage shed.
Astin has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of improperly
prescribing painkillers and other drugs to two patients other than
Benoit.
The doctor asked Vineyard to throw out evidence seized in
searches after June 25th discovery of the bodies at Benoit's
suburban Atlanta home. No motive for the killings has been
established, but authorities suspected possible steroid abuse.
Astin's lawyer challenged the legality of the raids. He said in
a motion to suppress evidence that Benoit had a hormone disorder
permitting the amount of testosterone he was prescribed. The
attorney also argued that agents overstepped their authority by
seizing records of patients other than the pro wrestler.


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