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Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein's brother, told "Fox & Friends" Wednesday that the evidence surrounding the financier and convicted sex offender's death earlier this year "points to homicide rather than suicide."
The big picture: Baden's claim, which directly contradicts the official ruling surrounding Epstein's death, argues that Epstein's injuries were "unusual for suicidal hangings and more consistent with ligature homicidal strangulation."
Yes, but: Baden himself pointed out his investigation is incomplete, according to Fox News. He told the network that a homicide would have left a perpetrator's DNA at the scene, but admitted that "we don’t have those results yet."
- New York City medical examiner Barbara Sampson, who previously determined Epstein's death to have been a suicide, "strongly disputed" Baden's claims, per the New York Times.
- A spokesperson for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office didn't respond to the Times' request for comment.
Worth noting: Epstein's death has been the center of conspiracy theories almost since the moment it was announced.
- President Trump retweeted a baseless conspiracy theory linking Epstein's death to Bill and Hillary Clinton shortly after it occurred.