Federal Prosecutors Looking into Chris Benoit Case

ATLANTA (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say the amount of testosterone prescribed to pro wrestler Chris Benoit was far more than the normal amount for a hormone disorder he was supposedly being treated for.

Prosecutors make the claim in new court papers filed in a criminal case against Benoit's personal physician. Dr. Phil Astin is charged with overprescribing medication to two other patients. More charges against Astin are expected.

Authorities say Benoit strangled his wife with a cord, used a choke hold to strangle his 7-year-old son and hanged himself last June in their suburban Atlanta home.

Steroid use leading to "roid rage" has lingered as a theory behind the killings. Anabolic steroids were found in Benoit's home. And tests conducted by authorities showed Benoit had roughly 10 times the normal level of testosterone in his system when he died.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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