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Defendants fighting for own survival in Rideout trial

The first defense lawyer to cross-examine the county’s medical examiner Wednesday pressed the issue of how much power would have been needed to kill Craig Rideout.

Wasn’t it possible that the strangulation did not take significant force?, Assistant Public Defender Julie Cianca implied in her questions Wednesday to Monroe County Medical Examiner Dr. Nadia Granger.

Moments later, defense lawyer Michael DiPrima took an entirely different approach, trying to prod Granger into testimony that showed that whoever killed Rideout had to be particularly strong.

While both Cianca and DiPrima are defense lawyers in the ongoing murder trial, their questions of Granger Wednesday were a stark reminder that there are four defendants on trial, and each is fighting for his or her own survival.

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