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State's Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Not On The Job

A top official at the N.C. Medical Examiner's Office who's being investigated by state law enforcement officers is no longer on the job.

Spokesman Ricky Diaz of the state Department of Health and Human Services told The Associated Press on Thursday that Dr. Clay Nichols was not working as the state's deputy chief medical examiner as of Tuesday.

Diaz's statement came after a spokeswoman for the state Attorney General's Office said the State Bureau of Investigation was looking into allegations involving Nichols.

The Charlotte Observer first reported the investigation. Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall told the newspaper that the SBI has completed a report on the allegations and he expects to decide soon whether to file charges.

It was not clear if Nichols has an attorney.

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The state Attorney General's Office is confirming an investigation of a top official at the N.C. Medical Examiner's Office.

Spokeswoman Noelle Talley said Thursday that the State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations concerning Dr. Clay Nichols, the state's deputy chief medical examiner. She says the SBI began the investigation Sept. 26 at the request of Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall.

The Charlotte Observer first reported the investigation. Woodall told the newspaper that the SBI has completed a report on the allegations and he expects to decide soon whether to file charges.

The medical examiner's office said Nichols was unavailable. The Associated Press left a message for the state Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the office.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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