(NEWSER) – Antonin Scalia's death—how it was handled, who made what decisions, and why—is appearing murkier than recent articles suggest. A former top homicide official even says "there is something fishy going on" with the Supreme Court Justice's demise. To sum up:
- Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, who was quoted as saying Scalia died of "myocardial infarction," now says she only meant his heart stopped when he died, theWashington Post reports. "It wasn’t a heart attack," Guevara says. "He died of natural causes." She had declared Scalia's death "natural" without seeing his body (apparently legal in Texas) or demanding an autopsy. She had talked to US Marshals at the scene and Scalia's doctor before deciding.
- She tells the AP that Scalia's doctor—Rear Adm. Brian P. Monahan, who is attending physician for the Supreme Court and Congress—said Scalia had a history of high blood pressure and heart trouble, and wasn't strong enough to have shoulder surgery for a recent injury.
- If that's true, Scalia hid it well: John Poindexter, who owns the Cibolo Creek Ranch where Scalia was visiting when he died, says the Supreme Court Justice behaved normally Friday and joined a quail hunt as an observer, the New York Times reports. "He seemed in good spirits," Poindexter tells the LA Times. Scalia was also traveling without a security detail of US Marshals
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