Phoenix police on Wednesday released a detailed account of events leading to Friday’s death of a woman from a prominent New York political family, while an attorney for relatives ripped Maricopa County authorities for withholding body parts from an autopsy.
The police chronology describes the last 40 minutes of Carol Gotbaum’s life. Although the account contains scant new information, it includes details supporting police assertions that the arrest was handled properly.
At the same time, the family’s legal team raised a number of questions about the handling of the 45-year-old woman’s body.
“They didn’t give us the complete body,” complained Phoenix lawyer Michael Manning, who represents Gotbaum’s husband, Noah. “They wouldn’t give us the neck, the brain and the heart.”