Friday, November 20, 2009

AJ Jewell's Body to Be Exhumed For Second Autopsy

As we just told you earlier today, AJ Jewell's parents met with the chief of police in Atlanta. The meeting was a success. The family requested AJ's body be exhumed for a second autopsy and they will get their wish.

Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper he agreed to the exhumation because of two reasons.

"First, the Jewells are dissatisfied with the current autopsy findings. Second, and most important, is the unusual cause of death – that being the sickle cell crisis," he said.

The Jewells have always believed their son was murdered and they don't trust the medical examiner's report.

The final medical examiner's report said the cause of death was sickle cell disease, but it said the sickle cell attack was brought on by extreme exertion caused by the fight..

Markel Hutchins, the family's spokesperson, said the ME's report is a “direct contradiction to what medical experts” say.

He tells the newspaper the family suspects AJ's death was related to events that came “before and after” the fight.

He didn't elaborate, but he said the family, provided that information to Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington during their 90-minute meeting this morning.

Before AJ's body is exhumed, however, the family must get a court order.


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