Mississippi Announces New Medical Examiner

By: Mike McDaniel Email
By: Mike McDaniel Email

Mark LeVaughn, who is coming here from Buffalo, New York, is now Mississippi's new chief medical examiner. He has his work cut out for him.

Mississippi has been without a chief medical examiner since 1995.
LeVaughn comes into an office that is no stranger to a backlog of cases and a limited number of staff.

You may remember back in early January that the state hired a chief medical examiner, but due to health reasons, that person was unable to accept the position.

LeVaughn says the office will reduce the backlog and plans to develop closer relationships with law enforcement agencies.

"I think the greatest challenge as the chief is to have unity with the coroners in the state, gain their trust and to also gain the trust of the families of the patients that we deal with, and the law enforcement officers," said LeVaughn. "And my main goal at this point in time is to manage our case load better and not dwell on what happened in the past, and to move forward in a positive way."

"This position has in the past been filled by contract, or in at least one case, simply because no one else wanted the job," said Albert Santa Cruz, Mississippi's commissioner of public safety. "The office has been called in to question in national publications and across this state. That's about to change."

To put this in perspective, on average, 1500 to 1700 autopsy cases pass through the Mississippi medical examiner's office each year.

The goal of the department is to hire five forensic pathologists to be placed in regional offices across the state to help ease that work load.


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  • by Sister if Thomas Tedeschi Location: NC on Jan 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM
    On Aug 6, 2011 Myt brothers body was found ont he sife of the road. He was shot int he head by 5 worthless thugs. Rakeith Watson, Alexander Jenkins, AMarquez Gordon, Latoya Tubbs and Lamontaye Marsh are all charged with capitol Murder and are awaiting Grand Jury. Tell me WHY its been 5 months and the police still have NO Official autopsie report? 5 MONTHS. This is unaaceptable. I am calling for a congressional Investigation into whats going on in that office that it takes that long to TYPE a report.
  • by Donna on Jul 2, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    On June 28,2011,an autopsy was performed on Kevin Wilbanks.When he was returned to his mother,he was bruised and injured so bad that it appeared he had been beaten.His clothes were bloody from the person performing the autopsy began the autopsy with Kevin's clothes on.(Just beginning to cut his chest while clothed-soaking his chest and shirt in blood.) His right eye appeared beaten,his chest, back,elbows,knuckles,legs,etc.,were bruised so bad. Kevin was taken straight from the pond in Alcorn County to Jackson,MS,for the autopsy without consent from next-of-kin-his mother-and even before she got to identify the body.His family had to witness his vital organs being placed in the casket at the cemetery.The family is very upset with the medical examiner system in Alcorn County and Jackson,MS,at this point.While reading the above article,it was stated that the new State of MS Medical Examiner wanted to have a good relation with the families of Mississippi.Please look into this treatment.
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