Arrested TN Medical Examiner Allegedly had Evidence on Him
UPDATE MARCH 19TH
NASHVILLE (WRCB) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is examining allegations that the state's medical examiner arrested in Mississippi on a drug charge had evidence from a Nashville case with him.
Nashville prosecutor Torry Johnson said Thursday that he asked the TBI to step in after authorities in Mississippi said evidence that belonged in the medical examiner's office in Nashville was found with Bruce Levy. Johnson said an audit of the evidence room is being launched to make sure there's nothing else missing.
Levy's contracts in Tennessee and Mississippi were suspended following his arrest. Johnson said his office is going through its files to determine which cases will need new trial witnesses to replace Levy, though he added that Levy has in recent years focused more on administrative work than autopsies.
MADISON COUNTY, MS (WRCB) -- The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics arrested Levy for receiving a package of marijuana.
At a hearing Wednesday morning, the medical examiner was released on $25,000 bond in Madison County Court.
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen's office said the state's Department of Public Health will handle the medical examiner's office in Levy's absence.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee health officials say State Medical Examiner Dr. Bruce Levy has been arrested in Mississippi on felony drug charges.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety said a statement on Levy's arrest would be released later Wednesday. Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Cooper's statement didn't detail the charges against Levy.
Levy operates two businesses that provide medical examiner services to Tennessee and Mississippi
Calls to Levy's office seeking comment weren't immediately returned. An address listed for him is inside a gated community, and a reporter was unable to try to contact someone at his home.
Cooper said the state is taking immediate action to end its contract with Levy, who has been chief medical examiner since March 1998. Before that, he was chief medical examiner for Metro Nashville beginning in 1997.
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