The Limberios family has asked for an independent investigation of the March 12, 2012, killing of Jacob Limberios and are petitioning attorney general Mike DeWine seeking to have Sandusky County special prosecutor Dean Henry removed from the criminal investigation.
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What: Protest rally
When: 9 a.m. today
Where: Sandusky County Courthouse, North Park Ave., Fremont
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Henry, who is acting as both the prosecutor conducting the criminal investigation and defense counsel representing Sandusky County officials, on Tuesday sent orders and made arrangements to have Jacob's body exhumed next week for a second time so that a second autopsy can be performed. Limberios family attorney Dan McGookey contends Henry does not have authority to order the exhumation and seeking answers from him as to why the county failed to test a tissue sample provided to investigators previously.
The family wants county officials to show why a second autopsy is needed.
The county refused to order an autopsy immediately after Jacob was killed and continued to refuse to perform an autopsy for months afterward. Sandusky County sheriff's deputies determined in less than three hours after he was killed that Jacob committed suicide, but it might have been accidental. That finding was mirrored in the death certificate signed by Sandusky County coroner John Wukie, who never examined the body or went to the crime scene.
A private autopsy was conducted and the forensic pathologist hired by the family determined Jacob's death to be the result of a homicide. A tissue sample from that autopsy was provided to county officials but It appears they never ordered any testing of that sample. The sample shows there was no "stippling," or gunpowder burn marks, according to Dr. Cyril Wecht, who performed the autopsy. That shows the gun was more than 18 inches from Jacob's head when he was killed, meaning in all probability that Jacob could not have been holding the gun when it was fired.
A court hearing also is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today.
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