The family of a California lawyer who died during a trip to Mexico says an official autopsy and a separate investigation commissioned by the family challenge the idea that she died accidentally.

Elliot Blair, who worked as a public defender in Orange County, California, died on January 14 at a resort in Rosarito Beach, 32 miles south of San Diego in the Mexican state of Baja California. Colleagues and family said he was there celebrating his first wedding anniversary.

Authorities in Baja said Blair, who was 33, appeared to have fallen from the hotel’s third floor and was lifeless when first responders arrived early that morning.

A Mexican state autopsy distributed by the family lists Blair’s blood alcohol content at .10, which in Baja California, as well as the US state of California, is just above the driving limit of .08. It also mentions «aggravated homicide» as a possible crime in the death, although the document has not been verified by the Baja California state attorney general’s office.

Blair’s family disputed the conclusion that his death was the result of traumatic brain injury caused by an accidental fall, and they hired a Santa Monica, California-based injury expert, Dr. Rami Hashish, to review the evidence. said family lawyer Case Barnett. .

In addition, a private pathologist’s review of Blair’s death requested by his family found that the attorney suffered approximately 40 skull fractures, Barnett said by email.

He Orange County Registry and its parent company, Southern California News Group, first reported the fractures and other evidence possibly inconsistent with a determination of accidental death.

Blair’s widow, fellow Orange County public defender Kimberly Williams, told the publications that the idea that he may have been drunk is inconsistent with his ability to drink and stay alert. «I’ve never seen him stumble drunk,» she said.

«A fall doesn’t make sense,» he said.

She said a detective at the scene of the death on January 14 told her that Blair’s body had evidence of a gunshot wound, Barnett confirmed.

The document said to be a translation of the official autopsy of Blair’s death was sent to NBC News by Barnett. It includes photos of the body that, according to family experts, do not correspond to an accidental fall.

The images show scrapes and bruises on his knees, left foot and left arm, the last of which Barnett said could be a sign of a defensive injury.

The Baja California state attorney general did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In his first television interview, Williams told ABC News «Good morning america» on thursday someone killed her husband.

She told the show that police had detained the two in the Rosarito area on January 13, shortly before their death the next morning, and had given the officers cash in exchange for their release.

«We were both baffled,» Williams said.

The officers claimed that the vehicle they were in ran a stop sign, Williams said. Blair said the couple let officers know they were staying at Las Rocas Resort and Spa after asking questions, she said.

The Justice in Mexico research project, organized by the University of San Diego, a Roman Catholic institution, noted in a November report, “Public Safety in Baja California”, that Rosarito municipal police have long been accused of corruption and collusion with drug cartels.

The pathologist’s report on Blair’s death commissioned by his family was expected to be completed within six weeks, Barnett said.

Todd Miyazawa contributed.