Complaint against medical examiner’s office could affect Gregg County autopsies
POSTED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 11:14am
Longview, TX — A consultant for legal proceedings involving medical examiners aims to file a complaint this week against the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office often used in Gregg County autopsies.
“This is a company masquerading as a medical examiner,” Austin consultant David Fisher said. “It is illegal, and it follows that all the autopsies are illegal. ... All your jail deaths are going to be illegal, and this is going to open the door on a whole bunch of civil rights lawsuits.”
Fisher said the Fort Worth-based office, run by Dr. Nizam Peerwani, performed the autopsy on jail inmate Amy Lynn Cowling, whose heirs settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $1.9 million in 2013.
Peerwani’s deputy chief, Dr. Marc Krouse, performed a recent autopsy on Bobby Joe Madewell Jr., a jail inmate who died in March after jail personnel used a stun gun to subdue him.
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