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JUDGE HEARS ARGUMENTSIN FIGHT TO KEEP AUTOPSY SECRET

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – An attorney for the widow of a Rehoboth Beach businessman told a Chancery Court judge that releasing information about the man's death to the public is "totally and completely unnecessary".
Attorney John Phillips says the autopsy report and other materials about the death of Duane Lawson contain "materials of a personal nature" and releasing the information would be an invasion of privacy for the Lawson family.
Duane Lawson, the owner of Gold's Gym in Rehoboth Beach, was found dead February 15 in a burned BMW in the parking garage of the Henlopen Hotel.
The judge didn't rule on the motion, but kept in place an order requiring state officials to give Phillips three days written notice before releasing any information.