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Autopsy on Mario Deane's body today

Published:Tuesday | September 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Famed pathologist Michael Baden (right) arrives at the Donald Sangster International Airport, in Montego Bay, where he is met by Dennis Meadows, co-convener of advocacy group Citizens Action for Principle and Integrity, yesterday.-Photo by Paul Clarke

Famed US pathologist to examine remains

Adrian Frater, News Editor

Western Bureau:The search for truth in the controversial death of Mario Deane could reach an important juncture today as famed US pathologist, Dr Michael Baden, is slated to examine his body at the Cornwall Regional Hospital morgue this morning.

Deane, a 31-year-old construction worker, of a Rosemount address in Montego Bay, died in hospital on Independence Day, three days after sustaining a brutal beating at the Barnett Street Police Station, where he was in custody for possession of a ganja spliff.

Baden, whose résumé includes doing forensic work on the body of former US President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963, arrived in Jamaica yesterday. He was recruited by Deane's family to oversee the autopsy on their behalf.

Last week, Sadiki Deane, the sister of the deceased man, told The Gleaner that after being given differing accounts of how her brother died, the family felt they needed an independent pathologist to ferret out the truth.

"All we want is to get to the truth," said the grieving sister. "Once we get to the truth, then, hopefully, justice will follow."

The case took an international twist last week, as in addition to securing the services of Baden, two prominent US-based attorneys, Jasmine Rand, a civil-rights attorney and human-rights activist; and Benjamin Crump, president-elect of the National Bar Association, have joined the family's legal team, which is headed by local attorney-at-law Miguel Lorne.

Additionally, last Wednesday, a group of New York-based Jamaicans staged a 90-minute protest outside the Jamaican Consulate in New York, calling for justice for Mario Deane. They subsequently delivered a printout of a petition with some 100,000 signatures to Derron McCreath, the Jamaican consul in New York.

Following the examination of Deane's body tomorrow, Baden is expected to give a preliminary report on his findings.

adrian.frater@gleanerjm.com