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Texas medical examiner who failed to find bullet in dead teen’s body had catalogue of autopsy errors

Dr. Marc Krouse made 59 mistakes in at least 27 autopsies, according to a new audit of his work

The Texas medical examiner suspended for failing to find a bullet in a teenager’s body made 59 mistakes in at least 27 autopsies, according to a new audit of his work. 

Dr. Marc Krouse’s work was first called into question last November following the death of Alfredo Olivares, 19, who was shot in Forth Worth in September. 

While Olivares was shot twice, Krouse noted in his September 19 report that the teen only had one gunshot wound on his left lower back and listed his cause of death as ‘a gunshot wound to the abdomen’.  

Now an audit of his work – which looked at 41 autopsies carried out between January and November of 2020 – has revealed he also did not recover a bullet in the death of Jose Moreno in February 2020, NBC5 reports.  

The 57-year-old’s sister Vanessa Morales said: ‘I just want to know what he was thinking.

‘What made him rush through the autopsies or not give enough detail. I just want to know where his head was at the time. Why were you not giving us closure. Why are you letting this happen? You’re responsible and we want answers.’

Other mistakes include the findings of an autopsy of a man who was stabbed and set on fire. Krouse is said to have failed to have clearly set out if he was stabbed first, The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.

The audit – carried out by Tarrant County Medical Examiner Dr. Nizam Peerwani – also claims Krouse repeatedly failed to look at ambulance reports and hospital records. 

Attorney Christy Jack said his alleged botched work ‘has the potential to effect in the hundreds of cases’.

The chief deputy medical examiner, who has worked for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office since 1981, is expected to now permanently leave his role.  

While Olivares was shot twice, Krouse noted in his September 19 report that the teen only had one gunshot wound on his left lower back and listed his cause of death as 'a gunshot wound to the abdomen'. Olivares' x-ray is pictured

While Olivares was shot twice, Krouse noted in his September 19 report that the teen only had one gunshot wound on his left lower back and listed his cause of death as ‘a gunshot wound to the abdomen’. Olivares’ x-ray is pictured 

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office (above)

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office (above)

Dr. Krouse’s attorney Darrell Keith told ABC8: ‘We’re conducting investigation into what the medical examiner’s office has done to Dr. Krouse as well as the roles of Dr. Peerwani and the commissioners court.’ 

The audit states: ‘Although in most cases, these did not necessarily impact the assignment of cause or the manner of death, the reports left questions unanswered and demonstrated lack of due diligence.’ 

In Olivares’s case another medical examiner reviewed Krouse’s report and noted several inconsistencies, including that images from the hospital showed two bullets in Olivares’ body.

The second bullet had not been removed by Krouse and instead he reported the wound as a ‘surgical stab’ – despite hospital and police records reporting it as a gunshot wound.

That resulted in Olivares’ body behind exhumed under court order in December.  

The district attorney’s office said in a statement: ‘Moving forward, defense attorneys have the right to ask trial judges if they can question witnesses about the audit. The judges will decide if the information is admissible.’

An audit of Krouse's work - which looked at 41 autopsies carried out between January and November of 2020 - has revealed he also did not recover a bullet in the death of Jose Moreno, pictured, in February 2020

An audit of Krouse’s work – which looked at 41 autopsies carried out between January and November of 2020 – has revealed he also did not recover a bullet in the death of Jose Moreno, pictured, in February 2020

Defense attorney Benson Varghese told Fox4: ‘It was extremely concerning at every possible level.’ 

Olivares, 19, was shot on September 19 as he stood in the front yard of a home in the 4100 block of Valentine Street in Fort Worth. 

He was taken to the 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, of Benbrook, was charged with his murder. 

In Krouse’s autopsy report, Krouse noted that Olivares had suffered 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 in the teen’s body was missed by Krouse, despite hospital and police records stating he’d been shot twice. 

On review of Krouse’s report, another medical examiner found that Krouse didn’t look at the radiology report which would have clearly shown both bullets in his body.

Additionally, at least four other discrepancies were found, including Krouse’s assertion that Olivares didn’t have any personal belongings, but photos show he was wearing a leg monitor. 

Krouse also wrote that Oliveras was clothed, but police had already taken all of his clothing in as evidence.

By December, Oliveras body was exhumed by court order to retrieve any further evidence that may have been missed by Krouse, including the second bullet.

The family of Jose Moreno have spoken out following an audit of Krouse's work. The 57-year-old's sister Vanessa Morales said: 'I just want to know what he was thinking'

The family of Jose Moreno have spoken out following an audit of Krouse’s work. The 57-year-old’s sister Vanessa Morales said: ‘I just want to know what he was thinking’


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