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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jury Revisits Deaths in Air Crash

A British jury is expected Wednesday to announce the official cause of death of Stephen Curtis, a lawyer close to ex-Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky who died this year in a helicopter crash.

The inquest -- being held close to the crash site in the English coastal resort of Bournemouth -- will stop hearing evidence Wednesday, after which the jury will give its decision, a representative of the coroner's office said Tuesday.

The circumstances surrounding the crash, which killed both Curtis and pilot Max Radford, have been the center of speculation, with reports suggesting the crash may not have been an accident.

The multi-millionaire lawyer had warned his uncle that should he be dead within two weeks "it would be no accident," The Times of London reported from the inquest Tuesday. He had received death threats, been telephone-tapped, and trailed daily, the report said.

Sherrif Payne, the coroner handling the Bournemouth inquest, told the jury on Monday that the case had "all the ingredients for an espionage thriller," The Times reported. He was not available for comment on Tuesday.

Curtis had been returning to his castle home in Portland, England, on March 3 when his private helicopter crashed near Bournemouth airport.

In a report published in June, British investigators attributed the accident to pilot disorientation during bad weather.

But the pilot's father warned the inquest that this theory ignored the lax security operation at the airport.