DE Senate Passes Medical Examiner Bill - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

DE Senate Passes Medical Examiner Bill

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DOVER, Del. - Delaware Senators passed new legislation which supports big changes for the chief medical examiner's office.

The bill hopes to abolish the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and replace it with a new Division of Forensic Science. It would also move the operations from the Department of Health and Social Services to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

DSHS secretary Lewis Schiliro tells 47 ABC that the drug lab needs to re-open with his department.

"We're the ones that seize evidence, we're the ones that do access control for the state buildings," said Schiliro. "This department does background investigations so many of the issues that need to be corrected are things that fall in our purview.

"We cannot continue to send evidence out of state to get testing. The introduction of evidence in our courts is something that requires a fair amount of integrity and credibility and right now, we need to rebuild that. In my view, we need to rebuild that fairly quickly."

The bill now heads to the House.

Last month, police arrested two employees of the Medical Examiner's office for reportedly tampering with drug evidence. Chief medical examiner Doctor Richard Callery is still suspended with pay as officials investigate possible misuse of state resources.

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