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Owsley autopsy results expected within 2 weeks

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Autopsy results for Columbus shooting victim Cary Owsley are expected to be released the week of May 12.

Bartholomew Circuit Judge Stephen R. Heimann issued an update on the case Wednesday.

In the statement, Heimann said Dr. Scott Wagner, a forensic pathologist from Fort Wayne retained by the court to conduct the autopsy, is waiting for laboratory results before completing the autopsy report.

Wagner informed the court that “everything is progressing well,” the judge’s statement said.

Owsley’s body was exhumed March 12 from Garland Brook Cemetery and taken to a private location for the autopsy to be performed.

Observers at the time were told that results could take four to six weeks.

Cheryl Jackson, Owsley’s only sibling, filed a civil lawsuit last year seeking the right to exhume the body of her 49-year-old brother so forensic tests could be conducted on his remains.

Jackson and other family members want to learn from medical experts whether evidence would show that he was the victim of foul play and not a suicide as the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and the coroner ruled after his April 7, 2013, shooting death.

Jackson maintains her brother never would have killed himself.

She contends the coroner’s office and Sheriff’s Department bungled the death scene investigation by losing or mishandling much of the evidence last spring. Three deputies were reprimanded by Sheriff Mark Gorbett last year for inappropriate actions during the investigation.

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