- Associated Press - Thursday, November 18, 2010

WOBURN, Mass. | The brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan has asked a judge to dismiss a manslaughter charge against him in the death of their 70-year-old father.

Mark Kerrigan says his father’s death was caused by a long-standing heart condition.

Prosecutors allege that Kerrigan was in a drunken rage during a Jan. 24 argument with his father, Daniel Kerrigan, when he grabbed him around the neck and damaged his windpipe.

A medical examiner said the cause of death was “cardiac dysrhythmia” — a loss or interruption of a normal heartbeat that can lead to cardiac arrest.

Defense attorney Janice Bassil argued Thursday that Daniel Kerrigan died because his major coronary arteries were blocked, not because of the altercation.

The judge didn’t immediately rule.

 

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