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Limberios may be exhumed again

Emil Whitis • Feb 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM

“The only thing we don’t have right now is a date,” Sandusky County special prosecutor Dean Henry said. “It’ll be sometime in the next few weeks.”

Jacob Limberios’ parents, Mike and Shannon Limberios, signed off on the plan, Henry said.

But Henry’s in for a surprise.

Late Thursday night Mike told the Register he’s withdrawing his support, at least temporarily, for a second autopsy.

“We were never for this,” he said. “I want all these other tests done before they dig up my son again — before they cut him up again.”

Mike wants DNA results from the handle of the gun that fired the fatal bullet. He wants results from ballistics tests. In short, he wants investigators to complete every other possible test before they stick a shovel in Jacob’s grave again.

After fighting with Sandusky County officials for almost a year, Mike said he’s fresh out of faith.

Jacob, 19, died from a single gunshot wound to the head at about 9:30 p.m. March 2. Sandusky County deputies rushed to a house in the 100 block of County Road 294 where they found his body lying on the living room floor.

Also inside the house were three witnesses and a .357 magnum pistol. All three told deputies Jacob shot himself.

Before midnight, Sandusky County coroner John Wukie ruled it a suicide. On his coroner’s report, under cause of death, Wukie wrote: “suicide … deceased shot self in

head, may not have realized gun was loaded.”

Renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht later called Wukie’s ruling an “oxymoron” — a contradiction in terms. It couldn’t be a suicide if Jacob didn’t mean to kill himself, Wecht said.

Regardless, Sandusky County deputies released Jacob’s body to a funeral home, where it was embalmed the day after the shooting.

For months, the Limberios family fought to get authorities to examine Jacob’s body.

In August they gave up and paid to have the body exhumed and sent to Pittsburgh for an autopsy. There, Wecht did a full autopsy, although his findings were inconclusive.

However, the examination did show the bullet entered Jacob’s head at a downward angle from behind the left ear. Somehow, the bullet ended up in the ceiling of the home.

Although it was an awkward angle, it’s still possible Jacob shot himself, said private investigator Greg Majoy, hired by the Limberios family.  

The case is still an open investigation at the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office.

Thursday afternoon, Henry said he’s still trying to pin down an exhumation date, although he may need cooperation from the Limberios family, the Lucas County coroner and

Margaretta Township officials, given that Jacob’s body is buried at a cemetery in the township.  

Henry is serving in the case as a specially appointed attorney for Wukie.

“I hope we can get to the bottom of this,” Henry said.


Watch a special edition of Between the Lines from Dec. 13 with the Limberios family HERE.

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