- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A judge has refused to dismiss a murder case against a Utah doctor accused of killing his ex-wife during a bitter custody battle.

Lawyer Fred Metos argued Thursday the DNA evidence placing 51-year-old John Brickman Wall at her Salt Lake City home is weak and the theory that he injected her in the wrist with Xanax is unbelievable. Judge James Blanch disagreed.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday. They allege the pediatrician drugged 49-year-old cancer researcher Uta von Schwedler and drowned her in a bathtub in 2011.

But a medical examiner couldn’t say if her death was a homicide or a suicide, and defense attorneys say she could have taken the drug herself.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1GoBdwi) a private investigator testified Xanax is easily available online and purchases can be hard to track.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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