Ronni Chasen Autopsy Report Contradicts Police Account of Her Death

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An autopsy report released Thursday by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office is raising new questions about the shooting death of veteran Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen.

Ronni-Chasen

Ronni Chasen

Chasen was found shot multiple times in her Mercedes coupe on a Beverly Hills street in November 2010.

A year later, the Beverly Hills Police Department formally concluded that Chasen’s shooting death was the result of a botched robbery by Harold Martin Smith, a small time ex-convict who had grown desperate for money.

Police said Smith approached Chasen’s car on his bike at a stopped traffic light at Sunset Boulevard and Whittier Drive and tried to rob her. But a section of the autopsy report released Thursday titled “Informant/Witness Statements” contradicts that conclusion.

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