US pathologist performs autopsy on Mario Deane's body
Karlene Brown, Assistant News Editor - Radio
An autopsy is now being carried out on the body of 31-year-old construction worker Mario Deane, who died last month following a beating he received at the Barnett Street Police Station in St James.
Noted American pathologist, Dr Michael Baden is conducting the independent autopsy at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.
The former New York Chief Medical Officer recently conducted an independent autopsy on the body of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by a white police officer in the state of Missouri.
Baden was hired by Deane’s family as they continue to dispute the police report that the construction worker was beaten by fellow inmates in a row over a bunk bed.
The family’s attorney, Michael Lorne, says the autopsy began at 11 this morning and is to last for 4 hours.
He says he expects the autopsy report to be completed within a week.
According to Lorne, once the report has been completed it will be handed over to the Independent Commission of Investigations for a decision to be made on whether charges will laid against the police.
Two inmates have been charged with Deane's murder while a police corporal and two constables have been interdicted and three district constables suspended pending the outcome of a probe by the police inspectorate.
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