- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) - A western Illinois judge has ruled public money can be spent on a re-examination of the autopsy report in the death of a 29-year-old woman.

Timothy McVay of Rock Island is charged in the death of his former girlfriend, Carrie Olson. The (Moline) Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1KFAjfl ) his defense attorneys say the review is needed because Olson’s autopsy lists her cause of death as homicide by “unspecified means.” The 39-year-old McVay trial is scheduled Feb. 24.

Prosecutors say they agree the money is needed for a second opinion. Rock Island County Judge F. Michael Meersman says he’ll meet with defense attorneys Tuesday to negotiate what expert will review the report and how much it will cost.

Olson went missing in December 2013. Her body was found in a Minnesota field in April.

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Information from: The Dispatch, https://www.qconline.com

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