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PLEA ENTERED State Rep. John Carnevale (D-Providence) pleaded not guilty to sexual assault on November 16, 2011 in Superior Court.  Pool photo by Mary Murphy/The Providence Journal
PLEA ENTERED State Rep. John Carnevale (D-Providence) pleaded not guilty to sexual assault on November 16, 2011 in Superior Court. Pool photo by Mary Murphy/The Providence Journal

Autopsy results for Carnevale's accuser released

Posted: 1/5/2012 11:15:25 AM
Updated: 1/5/2012 12:21:50 PM

The autopsy results for the woman who accused Rep. Carnevale of sexual assault have been released by the Department of Health. Anne Marie Beardsworth, Spokeswoman for the Department of Health, said that the state medical examiner’s office reports that she died of “massive pulmonary embolism.”

The autopsy was performed on Wednesday, the day the woman was scheduled to be buried. The DOH would not say who ordered the autopsy.

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of arteries in the lungs, explains Beardsworth. It is one of the leading causes of sudden death right behind having a heart attack.

With the woman passing it is unclear whether the case will proceed. The Attorney General’s office says the status of the case has not changed.

Carnevale pled not guilty to the charges that said he assaulted the woman at her apartment in July.



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