A federal judge has refused to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit against the Beverly Hills Police Department, forcing investigators to reveal evidence against a man they suspect killed his wife.
The suit by Gary Klein, 59, charges that Beverly Hills detectives harassed him and tried to implicate him in his wife’s death, repeatedly searching his house and interviewing his aged parents, his young sons and the mothers of his children’s classmates.
Klein’s wife, Rina, 41, died in a hospital in 2009 after suffering seizures at home. She had been taking several medications, including for depression, anxiety and narcolepsy. An autopsy attributed her death to lupus, an autoimmune disease.
U.S. District Judge John F. Walter rejected an attempt by Beverly Hills to throw out Klein’s suit or put it on hold while the police probe continues. In lieu of a hearing, Walter issued two written orders Friday.