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Pathologist fires back at Sandusky Co. special prosecutor

Sandusky Register Staff • Mar 5, 2013 at 8:35 PM

"It will eventually be up to the citizens of Sandusky County to determine the validity of my findings in this matter," Wecht wrote. "And it will be up to me to determine how I intend to formally respond to your scurrilous remarks."


Click here to read Wecht's letter to Henry.


Jacob's body was exhumed in September and Wecht conducted the autopsy after county officials refused to order an examination, immediately after he was killed by a gunshot to the head on March 2, 2012, and after that point, despite concerns raised by his family.

Sandusky County coroner John Wukie, who never went to the crime scene, ruled the death a suicide but stated it might have been accidental. The death certificate reflects the finding of Sheriff Kyle Overmyer's initial investigation, which wrapped up within hours of Jacob's death. Blood-spattered shoes and clothing worn by witnesses were discarded during that initial investigation.  

Wecht, in his autopsy, determined it was not possible for Jake to have been holding the gun when he was shot. Wecht provided tissue samples to county officials, but it is not clear whether the samples have since been re-examined. 


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Henry became agitated when asked by a reporter in late January about Wecht's autopsy. "They bought and paid for their expert ... (and) they got the results they paid for," he stated.

Henry called the reporter Jan. 29, the day a story containing the statement published and suggested it had been taken out of context because an ellipsis and parenthesis were used. The statement was not taken out of context, and Henry did not suggest what other contextual basis might have existed.

Henry has asked Sandusky County Court Judge Charles Wittenberg to seal the evidence and depositions in a civil case brought by the family. Wittenberg is expected to rule on the motion Thursday. The hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. at the Sandusky County Courthouse. 


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