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November 20, 2013

Judge OKs exhumation in contentious Columbus case

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A judge will allow the exhumation of the body of a Columbus man for an autopsy after family members questioned a sheriff's determination the man's shooting death was a suicide.

The ruling Wednesday by Bartholomew Circuit Judge Stephen Heimann will allow a pathologist to examine the body of 49-year-old Cary Owsley, who died April 7.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1dZJMfY ) Owsley's sister and son have questioned whether the death was a suicide.

Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett suspended three deputies in July for their handling of Owsley's death investigation. Corbett also enlisted Indiana State Police for a case review that found Owsley had expressed suicidal thoughts and his therapist put together a suicide prevention plan for him. Gorbett says the investigation showed conclusively that Owsley killed himself.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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