Witness falls in airport, delays murder trial


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – There has been a delay in the trial of Candace Cartagena, who’s accused of murder in the death of her 8-year-old daughter Bianca.

The final prosecution witness who was due to testify Tuesday reportedly took a fall at an airport on her way to Buffalo.

Dr. Kim Collins, a nationally renowned pediatric forensic pathologist, was expected to refute the findings of the defense’s only witness, Dr. Jonathan Arden.

Monday, Arden said his review of the autopsy results determined that Bianca died suddenly of an unknown, pre-existing heart condition.

Prosecutors say Dr. Collins will testify that the child died of homicidal asphyxia and not a heart ailment.

WIVB.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

blog comments powered by Disqus