Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Woman's Cause of Death Debated.(Journal North)

Byline: Jeremy Pawloski Journal Staff Writer

Liver Problem Cited by Expert

Jessica Romero de Herrera's face is bloody and bruised in a photo taken after her December 2001 death in her estranged husband Anthony Romero's La Puebla home.

But a defense expert told jurors who viewed the photo Monday during Romero's ongoing trial for his wife's murder that de Herrera's visible injuries in the photo did not contribute to her death.

Dr. David Posey testified de Herrera's "fatty liver," combined with alcohol intoxication, caused her death.

"I can't find another reason for her to be dead," Posey said.

According to court records, Romero has admitted to hitting his wife "four or five times solid" on the night of her death. …

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