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Nancy Kerrigan Calls Homicide Ruling "Unjustified" in Dad's Death, Says Family to Help Brother Fight

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan says she and her family will help her brother fight a medical examiner's ruling that their father Daniel's death was a homicide. In a letter released Thursday, Kerrigan says she and her family think the ruling was "unjustified."

Kerrigan's brother, Mark, is already facing assault charges in Daniel Kerrigan's death Jan. 24, after what authorities say was a struggle with Mark. The district attorney has said an investigation is continuing on whether new charges could be brought against Mark Kerrigan.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said Tuesday that an autopsy determined the cause of death for Daniel Kerrigan was "cardiac dysrhythmia" - a loss or interruption of a normal heartbeat that can lead to cardiac arrest - after a physical altercation with neck compression that damaged Kerrigan's windpipe. The findings also noted that the elder Kerrigan had high blood pressure and clogged heart arteries.

Kerrigan's family has disputed those findings, saying Daniel Kerrigan had a pre-existing heart condition.

Nancy Kerrigan released the letter vowing to fight, one day before she is scheduled to begin work as a commentator on the Winter Olympics for "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," as she did during the 2006 games.

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  • Edecio Martinez

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