Mississippi Autopsies Being Questioned

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Jackson, Miss. (AP) A group that works on behalf of inmates it believes have been wrongly imprisoned is seeking information on work done by a Mississippi pathologist.

The Innocence Project has filed requests for documents pertaining to autopsies performed by Dr. Steven Hayne.

The New York-based group is seeking evidence of flaws in Hayne's work after evidence arose indicating two prisoners convicted partly on the basis of Hayne's autopsy findings were innocent.

The president of the Mississippi prosecutors association says he won't comply with the request. He cites privacy concerns of the murder victims' families. But a spokesman for The Innocence Project says it just wants information on the doctor's work, not the
victims.

Two cases that have called into question Hayne's work involve the rape and killing of three-year-old girls. Two men were convicted and sentenced to death, partly because of bite-mark evidence. A third man has allegedly confessed to both killings. And some experts have disputed some of the bite-mark evidence.


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