According to a new audit of his work, Dr. Marc Krouse made 59 errors in at least 27 autopsies
The Texas medical examiner who was suspended for not finding a bullet in a teenager’s body made 59 errors in at least 27 autopsies, according to a new audit of his work.
Dr. Marc Krouse was first questioned last November after the death of Alfredo Olivares, 19, who was shot in Forth Worth in September.
While Olivares was shot twice, Krouse noted in his Sept. 19 report that the teenager had only one gunshot wound to his left lower back, calling his cause of death “ a gunshot wound to the abdomen. ”
Now an audit of his work – looking at 41 autopsies performed between January and November 2020 – has revealed that he also found no bullet in the death of Jose Moreno in February 2020, NBC5 reports.
57-year-old Vanessa Morales’s sister said, “I just want to know what he was thinking.
Why was he rushing through the autopsies or not giving enough detail? I just want to know where his head was at the time. Why didn’t you give us closure? Why are you letting this happen? You are responsible and we want to answer. ‘
Other errors include the findings of an autopsy of a man who was stabbed and set on fire. Krouse would not have spelled out clearly if he was stabbed first, The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.
The audit also alleges that Krouse repeatedly failed to review ambulance reports and hospital records.
Lawyer Christy Jack said his alleged botched work “has the potential to have an effect in the hundreds of cases.”
Principal Deputy Medical Examiner, who has worked for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office since 1981, is now expected to leave his role for good.
While Olivares was shot twice, Krouse noted in his Sept. 19 report that the teenager had only one gunshot wound to his left lower back, calling his cause of death “ a gunshot wound to the abdomen. ” The X-ray of Olivares is shown
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office (above)
Dr. Krouse’s attorney Darrell Keith told me ABC8“We are investigating what the medical examiner’s office did to Dr. Krouse and the roles of Dr. Peerwani and the commissioners’ court.”
The audit states, “While in most cases these did not necessarily affect the cause or manner of death attribution, the reports left questions unanswered and showed a lack of due diligence.”
In the case of Olivares, another medical researcher looked at Krouse’s report and noted several inconsistencies, including that images from the hospital showed two bullets in Olivares’ body.
The second bullet was not removed by Krouse, and instead he reported the wound as a “surgical stab” – despite hospital and police records that it was a gunshot wound.
That resulted in Olivares’ body being exhumed by court order in December.
The prosecutor’s office said in a statement: “ In the future, defense attorneys have the right to ask judges if they can question witnesses about the audit. The judges decide whether the information is admissible. ‘
An audit of Krouse’s work – looking at 41 autopsies performed between January and November 2020 – revealed that he also found no bullet in the death of Jose Moreno, pictured, in February 2020.
Lawyer Benson Varghese said Fox4: “It was extremely worrying on every possible level.”
Olivares, 19, was shot on September 19 while standing in the front yard of a house on the 4100 block of Valentine Street in Fort Worth.
He was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, where he died of his injuries in the operating room.
Four days later, 23-year-old Peter Cardona from Benbrook was charged with murder.
In Krouse’s autopsy report, Krouse noted that Olivares had sustained a gunshot wound to his left lower back, which had caused injuries to his ribs and left kidney. His cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen.
A second bullet to the teenager’s body was missed by Krouse, despite hospital and police records saying he had been shot twice.
When reviewing Krouse’s report, another medical examiner found that Krouse had not looked at the radiology report, which would have clearly shown both bullets in his body.
In addition, at least four other discrepancies were found, including Krouse’s claim that Olivares had no personal belongings, but photos show he was wearing a leg monitor.
Krouse also wrote that Oliveras was dressed, but that the police had taken all of his clothes as evidence.
In December, Oliveras’ body was exhumed by order of the court to retrieve further evidence that Krouse may have missed, including the second bullet.
Jose Moreno’s family has spoken out after an audit of Krouse’s work. 57-year-old Vanessa Morales’s sister said: ‘I just want to know what he was thinking’