A local District Attorney says the timing of a Cardinal's death was "peculiar." Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua died one day after a judge ruled he could be called in to testify in a priest abuse trial. NBC's Anne Thompson reports.
There's a new twist in the child sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, with prosecutors asking a coroner to examine the body of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua to establish whether he died of natural causes on Jan. 31.
The local district attorney told NBC News that the timing of his death strikes her as "peculiar" and she wants to make sure nothing happened that was inappropriate. Bevilacqua, 88, died one day after a judge ruled the cardinal could be called to testify in the abuse trial of three priests, one of whom was a longtime aide.
Bevilacqua, spiritual leader of the archdiocese's 1.5 million Roman Catholics from 1988 to 2003, was laid to rest without an autopsy, but the coroner did take tissue and fluid samples. Officials are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.
The archdiocese said he had been suffering from dementia and cancer.
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