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BODY OF KING TO BE EXHUMED WITHIN 3 WEEKS

The body of Kevin King will be exhumed for a second autopsy in about three weeks.

However, State Police Capt. Timothy J. McAuliffe, who heads special projects for the Bureau of Criminal Investigations in the Forensic Sciences Unit, hedged on an exact date, pending the scheduling of the required professionals to perform the task.

Dr. Michael Baden, director of that unit, has agreed to perform the autopsy at the request of Michael P. Nevins, Cattaraugus County district attorney. Dr. Lowell J. Levine, a forensic odontologist (dentistry), also will be part of the team, McAuliffe said.

King died Oct. 23, following a fight in a coffee shop parking lot in Olean.

King's family and friends were not pleased when a grand jury did not indict anyone in the death.

The first autopsy performed in Erie County shows King, 28, died of traumatic asphyxia -- he was unable to breathe because of weight on his chest.

Baden will perform the autopsy in Olean General Hospital. The autopsy is being done with the consent of King's family, who also has hired a lawyer and private investigator in the case.

Last week state Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco met with King's family and Cattaraugus County legislators and, at Nevins request, agreed to review the case. Vacco is not involved in the exhumation and autopsy, although that information will be available for his investigators.

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