Steven Hayne

Another Odd Steven Hayne Autopsy

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In a piece about the Jimmie Duncan case (first reported here two weeks ago) Monroe, Louisiana's black newspaper the Free Press reports on yet another strange autopsy from former Mississippi medical examiner Steven Hayne.

In 2000 there was another strange autopsy report in Ouachita Parish. Jeremy Burton tried to rob a motel on Louisville avenue and was cornered by the cops in a dark alley. Shots were fired and a police officer initially admitted shooting him.

There was a local outcry when the autopsy report returned with a very strange result. It said Burton, who was left handed, swung his arm around a pipe over which he was draped and shot himself in the back of the head…twice.

There was never a trial of the officer. The case was swept under the rug, completing [sic] relying on the integrity of the autopsy report.

This is another problem Hayne presents: The 20 years worth of cases where critics say he may have altered autopsy results to clear police or people who were well-connected. In my 2007 piece on Hayne, I quoted from a public letter to the Jackson Advocate written by Dr. Lloyd White, one of the last two people to hold the position of state medical examiner in Mississippi and who, like his successor, eventually left the job in frustration after getting badgered by the state's coroners and DAs for trying to rein Hayne in. From the article:

Before leaving, [White] wrote a blistering public letter to Charles Tisdale, editor and publisher of the Jackson Advocate, a hard-hitting black paper sometimes called "the most firebombed newspaper in America." Tisdale's paper had been doggedly pursuing a series of suspicious suicides in Mississippi's jails that many civil rights leaders believed to be homicides.

White himself suspected the deaths really were suicides. But he didn't believe they were being properly investigated. In particular, he was troubled that the bodies were being sent to examiners like Hayne, who, experience taught him, couldn't be trusted to give an unbiased conclusion. White's letter called Hayne out by name, noting that despite his lack of credentials and poor practices, "Hayne continues to autopsy jail and prison deaths, as well as persons killed by police or sheriff's deputies, and to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal income as a result of his extremely cozy relations with…state employees and officials."

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  1. I hopez I hopez I hopez this becomes a Vince Foster conspiracy thread.

  2. I hopez I hopez I hopez this becomes a Vince Foster conspiracy thread.

    God, I hope not. If it does, I’m blaming you for inviting the right wing troofers in.

    Who needs that nonsense when the real deal routinely happens in Mississippi and Louisiana?

    What we have here is not incompetence, we have fucking evil.

    Thanks again for your hard work, Radley.

  3. I imagine that the annoyance of having to re-investigate a ton of cases is one of the main, if not the main, problem standing in the way of rooting out corruption and incompetence in the criminal justice system (not to mention drug law reform).

  4. As said in an earlier comment thread on this scum of a human being:

    Stand him up against a wall and shoot him….in the knees.

    Chain him up, then shoot him in the groin….

    A little spray of battery acid…….

    Wait a couple of hours.

    Then, in a fitting coup de grace, two shots to the head while you bend his @$$ over a big pipe.

    Flipping amazing……

  5. I’m sorry, I don’t see what’s so wrong about this.

    What way should it be?

  6. If he tried to rob a hotel who cares whether the cop shot him or he somewhat improbably shot himself.

    Incidentally,if you find yourself visiting Ouachita Parrish I highly recommend eating at Ray’s PeeGee Grill or Riverside Coney Island in Monroe.Po Boy sandwich at Ray’s PeeGee and crawfish (in season) at Coney Island.

  7. It said Burton, who was left handed, swung his arm around a pipe over which he was draped and shot himself in the back of the head?twice.

    He then wrote a suicide note, confessing to a series of unsolved crimes, wiped his fingerprints off the weapon, and hid it under a manhole cover.

  8. I remember one 30 some years ago where the ME said the suicide was caused by the person hitting himself in the head 200+ times with a hammer.

    I was driving in the cornfields at the time and tried to see how many times I could do it with an open palm.

    I never made it past 40.

    But if the ME says he did it, it must be so.

  9. If he tried to rob a hotel who cares whether the cop shot him or he somewhat improbably shot himself.

    Cops summarliy executing suspects might not want to be the way we want to go, shit for brains..

  10. Cops summarliy executing suspects might not want to be the way we want to go, shit for brains..

    Where do you get that from?The little info we have linked is than an armed felon is shot,a police officer admits he shot him and a sketchy autopsy indicates the fatal wound was self-inflicted.Summary execution is only mentioened by you.

  11. Thats pronounced, Mawn’roe

  12. I don’t see why Hayne bothered (unless from force of habit). Shots come out of a dark alley, cop shoots back (probably emptied his revolver; I would), they find a dead man in the alley. Sounds legit to me. Until that autopsy report. Don’t know how that passed the smell test.

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