The city chief medical examiner on Wednesday stood by her office's determination that Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide - following claims from a longtime forensic pathologist that the convicted pedophile's death looked more like a homicide.
Baden said he hasn't been contacted by anyone investigating the cause of Epstein's death, even though he observed the autopsy, and that it would be easy to track down the person whose DNA had been found on the sheets used on Epstein.
"Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation", said Baden.
A forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein's family said he believes Epstein's autopsy suggests homicide rather than suicide.
Baden, who once served as a NY medical examiner, has been a paid consultant in several high-profile cases including as a defense witness in O.J. Simpson's criminal trial and in record producer Phil Spector's murder trial. He says that, based on what he knows right now, the evidence of Epstein's death was more consistent with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging. "The cause is hanging, the manner is suicide", she said.
"The investigation is not completed until all the information has come in", he said.
"I've not seen in fifty years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging", he told Fox News, adding that he was hired by Mark Epstein, Jeffrey's brother.
Conspiracy theories about Mr Epstein's death were reignited after Michael Baden, who was in the room for Mr Epstein's autopsy and has been called as an expert witness in high-profile cases, spoke about it in an interview on the TV program Fox & Friends.
Baden also noted that security surrounding Epstein had been very lax before his death. He then questioned why the results of the DNA test have not been released yet.
Guards who were supposed to monitor him in his cell were said to have fallen asleep on duty, and video cameras outside Epstein's cell were not working, authorities said.
But on Wednesday, New York City Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson, whose office performed the autopsy, reiterated her findings.
"In strangulation, while you can break the hyoid bone, it is less likely to actually break bones in the neck", Gupta said.