The Age

Wife's bite killed husband, autopsy finds

November 8 2002
The Age

California: The bite a woman allegedly gave her husband after he refused to have sex eventually caused his death, a pathologist has ruled.

The attack caused emotional and physical stress and aggravated Arthur Pratt's heart disease, Dr Jennifer Rulon concluded in an autopsy report released yesterday.

Pratt, 65, died of an enlarged heart last month, six days after Kelli Pratt, 45, allegedly bit him, according to the report.

"It is (Rulon's) opinion that, but for the assault, he would still be alive today," police Detective Al Brocchini said.

Kelli Pratt has pleaded innocent to elder abuse, domestic violence and assault on a police officer.

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