Opening statements begin in golfer-suicide trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Opening statements are beginning in a civil wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit against a Nevada physician who found the body of women's professional golfer Erica Blasberg after she committed suicide in May 2010.

A jury was seated late Tuesday for the trial of Dr. Thomas Hess. The trial is scheduled to take about two weeks.

Hess pleaded guilty in late 2010 to a misdemeanor obstruction charge for removing a suicide note and prescription medications from Blasberg's home in Henderson before police arrived to investigate her death.

Hess said he wanted to spare Blasberg's family embarrassment.

Blasberg's father, Mel Blasberg, accuses the 46-year-old Hess of having an inappropriate personal relationship with the 25-year-old golfer and of failing to provide proper medical care before she died.

Opening statements begin in golfer-suicide trial.


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