Bill aims to help DAs exhume bodies in criminal investigations

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A bill being considered on Tennessee’s Capitol Hill could greatly help district attorneys in exhuming bodies in criminal investigations.

A house subcommittee approved bill 1560, allowing district attorneys to request bodies be exhumed and autopsies ordered.

Maury County DA Brent Cooper supports the bill proposed by Rep. Sheilia Butt. He cites the current case of baby Jeffry Skaggs.

Jeffry Skaggs (Courtesy: Brent Cooper)
Jeffry Skaggs (Courtesy: Brent Cooper)

The 15-month-old died in 2001 of a head injury, leaving lots of questions of possible abuse. At the time, the case was ruled accidental.

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The bill now heads to the full House for a vote. Senator Doug Overby has filed a companion bill in the Senate.

If passed, a medical examiner or DA could petition the court for exhumation.

A hearing on the Skaggs case is set for next month.

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