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Dead lotto winner to be exhumed

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CHICAGO -- A judge Friday granted prosecutors permission to exhume the body of an Indian-born lottery winner who was fatally poisoned with cyanide just as he was about to collect his $425,000 payout.

Authorities want to do a fuller autopsy on Urooj Khan to confirm earlier but less-thorough toxicology tests, as well as to rule out that natural causes contributed to the 46-year-old's sudden death, according to documents filed with the motion for an exhumation.

Khan's July 20 death was initially ruled a result of natural causes. But a relative asked authorities to look deeper, triggering more exams that led to the conclusion in November that the businessman was intentionally poisoned.

Cook County's Medical Examiner's Office didn't initially perform a comprehensive autopsy because there were no outward signs of physical trauma and it was thought he died of a cardiac arrest, the state attorney's motion said.

The man's wife, Shabana Ansari, has said she can't believe her husband had any enemies, and she said that she was not involved in his death.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 12, 2013 A21

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