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.

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