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UPDATE: Former medical examiner faces new charges


UPDATE - A not guilty plea was entered in two cases against a former Oneida County medical examiner charged with misconduct in office.

In another case with similar charges.. a motion to dismiss was denied.

Prosecutors say Traci England used tissue from dead people without permission to train her cadaver dog. She is charged with three felonies of misconduct in office and three counts of misdeameanor theft.

According to court documents, investigators say the allegations include that England ashes from a body to a training session in Madison and offered them to other dog handlers.


UPDATE - New charges have been filed against a former medical examiner accused of misconduct in office.

Traci England faces charges of theft and misconduct in office in Oneida County. 

According to the amended criminal complaint, investigators say England used body tissue from two different bodies without permission to train cadaver dogs.  They say she brought ashes from one to a training session in Madison and offered them to other dog handlers.  The report says the ashes were divided up between the handlers.  According to the report, England had indicated she had paid for the remains.

England had an initial appearance on the new charges October 2nd.  The case will be transferred to Forest County court, where she faces similar charges in other Forest and Oneida County cases.

England's attorney, Joel Hirschhorn, tells Newsline 9 these charges are the same vague attacks as the other charges.  He says the amended complaint is ambiguous.  "It's unfortunate this situation has occurred."  He says there is no motive or intent for England to profit in anyway.  "It's a sad misunderstanding." 

When I asked him if England plans to fight the charges all the way, Hirschhorn said, "that's the plan".


UPDATE - A former Oneida County medical examiner will head to trial in Forest County.  According to online court records, a judge finds that probable cause that Traci England has committed a felony and the case will head to trial.  An arraignment is scheduled for July 3, 2012.


A new twist in a bizarre case involving a former area medical examiner.

A new charge has been filed against the woman who officials say took a piece of cadaver.

Traci England was arrested and charged in Oneida County back in January after police say she took a piece of spine to help train her dog.

Now, she's been charged in Forest County, where the criminal complaint says she took tissue from a body. It's a different body that the one documented in the Oneida County criminal complaint.

England's attorney Joel Hirschhorn says it's a sad day for everyone involved, including England.

She pleaded not guilty last month to the charges of misconduct in office and theft in Oneida County.

But today, a charge of misconduct in office in Forest County was filed.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Forest County the autopsies were on the same day.

Documents show that the two autopsies were done on the same day.

The Forest County district attorney did not return our calls for comment on the charge.

Joel Hirschhorn/England's attorney: "As I understand it, the tissue is being discarded anyway. So what are we really talking about here? It's all very sad. Sad for Traci, sad for the family, sad for the community."

England is set to appear in Oneida County court next month.

Again, the charge in Forest County was just filed today.

We will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

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