McCrory Wants More Money For NC Medical Examiners

Gov. Pat McCrory and several lawmakers are promising to review how deaths are investigated in North Carolina and whether the state's medical examiner system needs additional money.

McCrory wants lawmakers to provide an additional $2 million for the system and increase the fee paid to medical examiners from $100 per death investigation to $250.

The proposals were prompted by a series in The Charlotte Observer. The newspaper found medical examiners fail to examine bodies in one out of every nine cases, despite a state law requiring them to do so.

The series also found medical examiners in the state only visit crime scenes about 10 percent of the time. National experts say seeing where the death happened is often key to a proper investigation.

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An investigation into medical examiners in North Carolina has found they fail to examine bodies in one out of every nine cases, despite a state law requiring them to do so.

The investigation by The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/RL52QY ) also found that medical examiners in the state only visit crime scenes about 10 percent of the time. National experts say seeing where the death happened is often key to a proper investigation.

The newspaper also learned that families can wait for months for rulings on the final cause of death, which can delay insurance payments.

North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Deborah Radisch blames the problems on a lack of money. Gov. Pat McCrory is asking lawmakers for an additional $1 million to fix some of the problems.


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