JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A backlog in autopsies at the understaffed state crime lab is expected to grow and homicide cases are expected to be delayed after Mississippi’s chief medical examiner was placed on administrative leave.
Dr. Mark LeVaughn was placed on leave on Nov. 10. That's according to a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.
The Clarion Ledger reports that LeVaughn is involved in an investigation by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Officials have not revealed what the investigation pertains to.
He is one of three medical examiners in Mississippi who handle between 1,200 and 1,400 autopsies per year.
They are responsible for determining the cause of death in homicides, suicides and accidents that require investigation.