The Lubbock Medical Examiner's office is getting overwhelmed with cases. Bodies often remain at the office for months, because families either cannot afford to move them to a final resting place, or have a hard time deciding on that next step.
The National Autopsy Assay Group, once contracted to work with the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office, has sent a letter to Lubbock County officials, calling the office a “hot mess,” following the recent resignation of former Medical Examiner Dr. John Lang.
The Lubbock County Commissioners appointed Dr. Charles Addington as the Acting Chief Medical Examiner after current Medical Examiner, Dr. John Lang, submitted his resignation early Monday morning. Dr. Lang was hired in October 2019.
It may be small, but 5 families will be receiving death certificates after months of waiting. The Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s office has completed five of the 172 cases NAAG Pathology Labs left unfinished.
Two days after KCBD published a report on the 172 families stuck in limbo without death certificates in Lubbock County, National Autopsy Assay Group (NAAG) sent a media release and a letter saying, “It is important that the public get the whole story.”
Officials with the Department of Public Safety say State Troopers, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office were at the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office early Monday afternoon serving a warrant, according to Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parish.
The Lubbock County District Attorney has asked a district court to seal the details of the Medical Examiner’s contract in the case of Ortiz vs. National Autopsy Assay Group, saying that having the contract public puts them at a “competitive disadvantage” as they try to work out a new contract for me
The Texas Medical Board will not take action against Dr. Evan Matshes, who was accused of practicing medicine in Texas without a license alongside Lubbock County Medical Examiner Dr. Sam Andrews during an autopsy.
A case involving the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office has been thrown out of court. District Judge Ruben G. Reyes today announced the plaintiffs in the case had “failed to establish a prime facie case by clear and specific evidence for each essential element of Plaintiff’s claims.”
A little over a week ago, the company that currently runs the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office, National Autopsy Assay Group, or NAAG, announced that it would not continue its work after its contract expired in the fall.
A letter was sent from the office of Dr. Evan Matshes, forensic pathologist and CEO of NAAG Pathology Labs, indicating the reasons for not renewing the agreement as what they say were “personal and political agendas” interfering with their role in the criminal justice system.
On Friday, Lubbock County Chief Medical Examiner Sam Andrews filed a motion to recuse Judge Les Hatch from hearing any matters in the lawsuit filed against Andrews and the National Autopsy Assay Group Pathology Labs.
Interesting, frustrating, a little bit angry,” those are the words Lubbock criminal defense attorney Rusty Gunter used to describe the backlog of cases in the county due to an investigation into the medical examiner’s office.
Elaina Rose Castilleja of Lubbock passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the age of 10. She was a 5th grader at Brown Elementary when she passed. Her adoptive mother Rebecca Ortiz filed a lawsuit against Evan Matshes, Sam Andrews and National Autopsy Assay Group (NAAG) alleging they caused t
The Travis County District Attorney’s Office tells the KCBD Investigates Team it will not sponsor any testimony from Lubbock County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Sam Andrews while he is under investigation by the Texas Rangers.
Defense attorney Brian Erskine turned to an empty chair where he had hoped to question the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy in his murder case, but Lubbock County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Sam Andrews, currently under investigation by the Texas Rangers, was not there.
“Ms. Graves is a hero for exposing these California body snatchers who have taken over the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office,” said attorney Kevin Glasheen. “Of course, they immediately fired her for doing so – and now we are going to make them pay.”
The KCBD Investigates Team has learned the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office will not try any death cases that involve the current staff at the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office as the Texas Rangers continue their investigation into the office.
The Texas Rangers have been asked by the Lubbock County District Attorney to investigate the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office. This comes after the Texas Medical Board began investigating the medical examiner’s office and the chief medical examiner.