ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota judge has agreed to a defense request for a second autopsy in a murder case, even though the victim’s body has already been embalmed. Jarrett Jones is in custody on a first-degree murder charge in the Jan. 2 fatal shooting of Jon Schumacher in Bath.
An autopsy was conducted Jan. 3. Jones’ defense attorney, Marshall Lovrien, requested a second autopsy on Jan. 4 but learned the body was already at the funeral home. Aberdeen American News reports that Lovrien says Jones has a right to an independent evaluation of the body. A magistrate judge agreed.