ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP)–A judge in Brown County has agreed to a defense request for a second autopsy in a murder case even though the victim’s body had already been embalmed by a funeral home.
Forty-eight-year-old Jarrett Jones is on custody on a first-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of Jon Schumacher Jan. 2 at the defendant’s residence in Bath.
An autopsy was done Jan. 3.
Jones’ defense attorney, Marshall Lovrien, requested a second autopsy on Jan. 4 but was informed the body was already at the funeral home.
Lovrien said Jones had a right to an independent evaluation of the body.
A magistrate judge approved the motion.