Man convicted on 6 counts related to performing illegal autopsies

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – A Kansas man who was accused of doing autopsies illegally has been uncovered guilty on six felony costs in Wabaunsee County, according to Kansas Lawyer Common Derek Schmidt.

Shawn Parcells, 42, who has lived in Leawood and Topeka, was convicted after a a few-day trial in Wabaunsee County District Courtroom on three counts of felony theft and three misdemeanor counts of felony desecration. District Court Chief Judge Jeffrey Elder acknowledged the verdict and established sentencing for January 10, 2022.

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According to a assertion released by the attorney genereal, the jury located that Parcells unlawfully acquired money from Wabaunsee County to conduct autopsies in three scenarios. Parcells also experienced unauthorized control of the bodies and done autopsies in 3 circumstances devoid of a pathologist performing the autopsies, a violation of condition law. The crimes took location in 2014 and 2015.

Parcells faces a civil criticism filed by the attorney normal in Shawnee County District Courtroom for 14 alleged violations of the Kansas Bogus Claims Act and violations of the Kansas Shopper Security Act involving 82 individuals. The civil petition alleges Parcells contracted with Wabaunsee County to conduct coroner-ordered autopsies and unsuccessful to finish them in accordance with Kansas legislation. On top of that, the petition alleges he done autopsies devoid of the presence or supervision of a accredited pathologist or normally in violation of purchaser defense regulations. 

In the program of an investigation, Kansas took handle of additional than 1,600 biological samples gathered by Parcells. In November 2019, Decide Mary Christopher appointed Kansas Section of Health and fitness and Atmosphere Secretary Lee Norman to consider control of the samples. Less than court buy, the point out cataloged and stored the samples.

Schmidt explained that immediately after right and verified requests the samples will be introduced to loved ones customers who ask for them from the state. Any remaining samples will be processed in accordance with state law.

Parcells has been banned by courtroom get from doing autopsies pending the completion of the civil litigation. The civil circumstance stays pending.

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