CHICAGO (AP) -- Authorities plan to exhume the body of a Chicago businessman today in hopes of learning exactly how he ingested a lethal dose of cyanide.
Urooj Khan died in July as he was about to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings. His death was initially ruled a result of natural causes, but a relative pressed for a deeper look. Full toxicology results revealed in November that Khan was poisoned. His death was reclassified a homicide.
No suspects have been identified.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office hopes an autopsy, expected to be finished by Friday afternoon, will produce more evidence in the event the case goes to trial.
Spokeswoman Mary Paleologos says tests on Khan's organs also may determine whether the poison was swallowed, inhaled or injected
Urooj Khan was fatally poisoned with cyanide just as he was about to collect his $425,000 payout. Medical examiner spokeswoman Mary Paleologos (PAY'-lee-oh-low-gohs) said Friday that there's no fixed date yet for Khan's exhumation. Earlier Friday a judge approved the request to unearth Urooj Khan's body in investigator's search for additional clues.
Paleologos says a full autopsy would most likely be conducted the day after the exhumation and Khan's body would be reburied quickly after that's done. Final results would be released after about two weeks.
She says the original funeral director would attend the exhumation to verify the remains are Khan.
Urooj Khan died suddenly in July just as the 46-year-old businessman was about to collect $425,000 in prize money.
The court documents shed no light on the circumstances of Khan's death, but add a layer of drama to the story.
Khan's brother Imtiaz and sister Meraj Khan won an order from a probate judge in September to freeze the lottery check, asserting his widow tried to cash it. They expressed concern in court filings that Khan's daughter from a previous marriage might not get her share.
The widow, Shabana Ansari, denies removing assets from the estate.
Shabana Ansari's attorney, Steven Kozicki, says Ansari was subjected to a long session of questioning at a police station in November and that detectives searched the home.
Police have not said if Ansari is considered a suspect. Kozicki says she vehemently maintains she had nothing to do with the July death of her husband, Urooj Khan. Police have not spoken publicly of any suspects.
Khan died just days before he was to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings.
Authorities initially ruled the death a result of natural causes, but further tests showed he was poisoned and his death was reclassified as a homicide.