Amber Kirwan had codeine, alcohol in bloodstream, expert tells murder trial

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PICTOU, N.S. - A toxicology expert testifying at a Nova Scotia man's murder trial says codeine and other drugs were found in the victim's bloodstream and in a car that belongs to the accused.

Lori Campbell told the provincial Supreme Court in Pictou on Wednesday that an autopsy revealed Amber Kirwan had codeine, acetaminophen, alcohol and morphine in her blood.

Campbell also told the jury that codeine and acetaminophen was found on two pieces of evidence gathered from a trailer in Hardwood Hill and from a car belonging to Christopher Alexander Falconer.

Falconer has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old woman, who disappeared in October 2011 after spending the night with friends at a pool hall in New Glasgow.

Her bound and naked body was found in a muddy, shallow grave in the woods near New Glasgow about a month later.


Organizations: Supreme Court

Geographic location: PICTOU, Nova Scotia, New Glasgow Hardwood Hill

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