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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Woolmer's death not associated with match fixing, testimony says

Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The lead police investigator in the death of Pakistan's cricket coach testified Tuesday there was no evidence linking Bob Woolmer's death to match-fixing at the World Cup.

Jamaica Deputy Police Commissioner Mark Shields, testifying at Woolmer's inquest, said there was no evidence of match-fixing in the team's games. Fans and media have speculated Woolmer possibly uncovered a match-fixing scam or was targeted by Pakistan fans incensed at the team's poor showing.

The 58-year-old Woolmer was found unconscious in his Kingston hotel room on March 18, a day after his team was eliminated. Four days later, a government pathologist ruled he had been strangled, launching a globe-spanning probe. Several foreign doctors, however, have concluded Woolmer died from natural causes, most likely heart disease.