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Owsley's Body to Be Exhumed for Autopsy

The Bartholomew County Courthouse in Columbus. / Photo: WCSI File
The Bartholomew County Courthouse in Columbus. / Photo: WCSI File

Cheryl Owsley Jackson is one step closer to finding out how her brother really died earlier this year.

Cary Owsley died in a shooting incident on April 7. Bartholomew County Coroner Larry Fisher ruled the death a suicide, which is something Jackson hasn’t believed and has even questioned Fisher and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department about since the incident happened.

For some time now, Jackson has wanted to have an autopsy done on her brother’s body to find out once and for all if he did commit suicide or was he killed by other means. Owsley wife's, Lisa, has fought Jackson for some time now for wanting to have his body exhumed.

On Wednesday during a hearing in Bartholomew Circuit Court, lawyers representing Jackson, Owsley, Fisher and the cemetery came to an agreement that Owsley’s body will be exhumed by Garland Brook Cemetery, taken to a location somewhere in Indiana to be determined later for an autopsy, then the body will be will be taken back to Garland Brook Cemetery for reinterment. Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Steven Heimann said the date and time for Owsley’s disinterment will not be announced out of respect for those buried at the cemetery and their families.

The court will appoint a licensed forensic pathologist from Indiana to conduct the autopsy. Both parties will also get to choose their own expert to join in the autopsy proceedings. They will decide how to proceed with the autopsy. It will be videotaped and photos will be taken that will not be allowed to be shown to the public. This was agreed to by both parties out of respect for Owsley and his family.

Once the tests are done, then all three experts will present their findings into how they think Owsley died. It's unknown at this time when the autopsy will take place.

After Heimann made the decision, the large crowd who gathered for the hearing applauded showing their support for the decision and for Jackson.

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 5:58:13 PM

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