Houston pathologist charges may cause murder trial issues

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 28, 2011 at 7:05 PM

HOUSTON -- Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos says charges that have been filed against a Houston pathologist may force autopsies to be re-examined in nine murder trials.

The Houston Chronicle reports Lykos’ office said in a statement it may be necessary for another pathologist to re-examine Florez’s findings. She says the issue will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Assistant Medical Examiner Luisa Florez has been accused of lying in December 2009 on a $400,000 mortgage application for a property her husband, Jon Holverson, had an interest. Her husband has been accused of fraudulently obtaining federal repair funds after Hurricane Ike.

The Harris County Office of Forensic Sciences says the work Florez did in nine trials and for which she provided testimony was extensively reviewed before and after the autopsy.

 

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