Special prosecutor Dean Henry demanded the Limberios family surrender a tissue sample from an autopsy of Jacob Limberios by Dr. Cyril Wecht in September.
"I am demanding the immediate delivery of the intact tissue samples taken from Jacob Limberios’ corpse to Detective Sean O’Connell of the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office," Henry wrote in an email earlier today to family attorney Dan McGookey.
The family has already provided one tissue sample to the county and offered to make the last sample available to deputy Lucas County coroner Cynthia Beisser to examine, but Henry is demanding it be surrendered to county officials.
"Your actions are inducing Dr. Wecht, the expert witness retained by you and/or your clients, to conceal evidence material to this investigation. ... Your actions are ultimately aiding one or more persons who may be responsible for Jacob Limberios’ death by causing delay in the investigation and possible prosecution of those persons," Dean wrote.
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McGookey said previously Wecht had cautioned that the last sample should not be turned over to the country, and McGookey cited the destruction of evidence by county officials previously in the investigation and their refusal to inform the family of the status of the tissue sample that was already provided.
Dean said he would file a complaint with the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine and the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania if McGookey did not comply with his demand.
He also seems to suggested that McGookey, Mike and Shannon Limberios and Wecht all could face penalties if they did not comply.
"All of you should give serious consideration to consulting experienced criminal counsel before making any further decisions on how to proceed," Dean wrote.
McGookey fired off an email to Beisser asking her to state whether Dean's position on the autopsy mirrors hers.
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