The autopsy record in the shooting death of Monroe County Election Commission Chairman Jim Miller has been kept secret, despite state public records law that requires it to be released, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports today.
In July, Miller’s body was found in the trunk of his burning car, with gunshot wounds to the head.
The case has apparently not advanced since then, at least not in the form of any public announcement of charges or new information.
The News Sentinel reports:
For reasons that no official has been able – or willing – to explain, the document remains unavailable.
Dr. Christopher Shamblin, the new medical examiner for Monroe County, has failed to respond to two public records requests to either provide the report or authorize its release. The News Sentinel’s requests were made Oct. 15 and Nov. 1.
Shamblin has also not responded to repeated follow-up telephone calls, and according to the State Office of Open Records Counsel he is in apparent violation of the state Open Records Act.