Husband's Spray Tan Defense Fails

Defense attorney: wife wasn't strangled, she was poisoned by spray tan

A Miami-Dade judge has denied bond to a man who claims his wife died because of an allergic reaction to a spray tan, not because he choked her to death.

Adam Kaufman will remain in jail and until he stands trial to face murder charges for the death of his wife Eleonora in November 2007. his attorneys floated an interesting theory during the tw-day bond hearing in Miami: that a lethal spray tan may have caused the woman's death.

Though prosecutors argue that nothing other than a strangulation could have killed the 33-year-old wife of the Aventura developer, defense attorney Bill Matthewman suggested that a poisoned spray tan solution could be to blame for the woman's death.

Kaufman claims he woke up and found his wife dead on the floor, arguing that she hit her head on a magazine rack.  

In court yesterday, Matthewman asked Miami-Dade chief medical examiner Dr. Bruce Hyma if officials had investigated adverse reactions to spray tans in Eleonora's death. Hyma said they hadn't, even though Eleonora has gotten a tan the day before she died.

Relatives filled the courtroom yesterday in support of Kaufman, 36, who could be released while awaiting trial.

"I've known that boy since he was born. There's no way, no way he could have hurt that woman, he loved her so much," said relative Herb Rough.

Prosecutors also played Kaufman's emotional 911 call during yesterday's hearing, causing one woman to collapse. 
"It is a mockery. It's a shame the justice system has to listen to this," said aunt Nancy Kaufman.

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