Mississippi to Hire First Medical Examiner in 15 Years

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

That's according to Department of Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson, who also says he's hopeful at least two other associate pathologists will soon be on board to help handle the state's autopsy cases.

The action comes as Mississippi's ends its contract Friday with a Tennessee-based company that had been performing autopsies for the state.

Simpson says Global Forensics exercised an option to get out of the contract.

In 2008, the state terminated its contract with Dr. Steven Hayne, the pathologist who came under fire for his work in several criminal cases, including two that led to the exoneration of two men.

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