"How do you know that?" Quagliana asked.

"I've seen hundreds of brains [following CPR], and nary a one has that," Fuller replied.

Maria-Beatriz Lopes, a neuropathologist with the University of Virginia Health System, took the stand after Fuller. She acknowledged that there were instances where CPR can cause damage to a brain, based on a 1987 article published in the Critical Care Medicine journal. But she added that Love's case wasn't one of them.

Quagliana pressed Lopes about whether she could identify the cause of the blunt force trauma or the degree of force used, but the doctor could do neither. Of the force, she said simply that "it was enough to cause contusion and [bleeding] in the brain."

Prosecutors recalled William T. Gormley, a Virginia assistant chief medical examiner, to the stand later in the day to testify about Love's cause of death. The toxicology reports showed that she had a "nonlethal level" of alcohol in her system and a "therapeutic level of amphetamines" in the form of prescription Adderall, which is used to treat attention deficit disorder.

"Nothing in that would be a direct cause of death," he said. "The only apparent and most significant cause of death would be blunt force trauma to the head."

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