Pathologist fires back at Sandusky Co. special prosecutor

Dr. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy on the body of 19-year-old Jacob Limberios, fired off an angry letter to special prosecutor Dean Henry on Monday, suggesting Henry is a "scoundrel" who "should not be ignored."
Sandusky Register Staff
Mar 5, 2013

"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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Read the entire PDF file. Pay attention to page 5.


What a great letter by Dr Wecht. "Scoundrel" is way to nice of a word to be used to describe Henry. I applaud Dr Wecht for his restraint.

John Harville

Dean Henry of SENECA County was defense attorney for convicted Clyde-Green Springs Supt. Todd Helms.


"former" Supt... :)


I just wonder if the Sandusky County officials actually thought they could get off with this? Did they think it would just go away and nobody would ask questions?


They were getting away with it. Nobody was asking questions until the family voiced their concerns.


Any parent would want the truth and know what happened to their kid! So Sandusky County should stop thinking they are above the law and just do their JOBS and follow the law! Thank you Sandusky Register for keeping the story going. I am sure Sandusky County would still be giving the family the run a round if not.They only get defensive and nasty because they know they screwed up and does not want the public to know it.. I just do NOT know how these people sleep at night knowing that they have did this to parents. If it was their child this wouldn't of been the way it would of went! No Doubt! Stay strong and continue the fight Shannon and Mike. God will see you through it all and justice will be done.


Something really smells here. Smells bad...

I feel for the families. Everyone involved.

Its really sad.


I really hope that this does go to civil court so somethings can be testified and looked at under OATH....


I do not see anything forthcoming from the side of Sandusky Co. Nothing. How long does it take for gov't entities to gather their "ducks" in a row?

This is off topic, but still deals with gov't entities not forthcoming: The girl shot in the foot in Willard?

This is supposed to be public record. Not in a board room in a private corp..