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Coroner: Dimaggio had marijuana, prescription drugs in his system

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VALLEY COUNTY, Idaho (CBS 8) - James Dimaggio had marijuana and prescription drugs in his system when he was fatally shot by the FBI during the Hannah Anderson kidnapping case, according to the Valley County, Idaho coroner. 

Coroner Nathan Hess revealed the new information to CBS News 8 in a phone interview. It's a detail a Dimaggio family friend speculated might have affect Dimaggio's mental health before the murders of Christina Anderson and her eight-year-old son Ethan, and the kidnapping of 16-year-old Hannah.

While the manhunt was underway for Dimaggio and the missing teen, family friend Andrew Spanswick, who is also a mental health specialist, told CNN on August 8 that Dimaggio's marijuana use may have impacted his behavior.

"There's always the possibility with the potency of marijuana these days that people could have drug-induced psychosis that might relate to some of this behavior," said Spanswick.

Now month later, Idaho's Valley County coroner said THC, the active chemical found in marijuana, was found during Dimaggio's autopsy but he didn't know the exact amount.

"From my understanding if you smoke marijuana you could still test positive for it a week later. I don't know if was a recent thing," said Hess.

Hess said he also found legal prescription drugs in Dimaggio's system, most likely prescribed by a doctor, but didn't know what specific types of drugs.

"It would say that it is present. It wouldn't say this is doctor prescribed, this is illegal, it wouldn't say anything like that. It would just say, this what was in it," said Hess.

In Idaho, toxicology reports are considered medical records and are protected by HIPPA so there is not public access to the full report.

Despite the toxicology findings, the coroner said the results do not change Dimaggio's cause of death: bullet wounds.

"You could be drunk or stoned or however, it's still going to be—as far as my job--the cause and manner is still going to be multiple gunshot wounds, justifiable homicide," said Hess.

The coroner said Dimaggio died from six gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The FBI shot Dimaggio after tracking him and Hannah to a wilderness area in Idaho, where he fired a shot at investigators.

CBS News 8 spoke to Spanswick late Tuesday night. He said he was not surprised by the toxicology results. Dimaggio family member and representatives have given media interviews saying they believe Dimaggio is innocent and will continue to fight the San Diego Sheriff's Department to release evidence in the case.

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