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Medical examiner indicted (tangential Elvis content)

Sat Jan 21, 2006 8:43 am

PITTSBURGH - Dr. Cyril Wecht, a nationally renowned medical examiner who consulted in the deaths of Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey, was indicted Friday on federal charges of using county employees to campaign for him and handle his private lab work.

The indictment also accuses Wecht of trading unclaimed bodies stored by the county coroners office, which he headed, to a Pittsburgh university in exchange for use of a laboratory there for his private practice.

Wecht, 74, immediately resigned from his $105,000-a-year post as Allegheny County’s medical examiner after learning of the indictment.