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Embalmed Wife

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Governor Jeb Bush's general counsel has declined to investigate a special prosecutor in the case of a former Bay County medical examiner.

Dr. William Sybers pleaded guilty to manslaughter after an earlier murder conviction was overturned. A grand jury decided late last month that special prosecutor Harry Shorstein did nothing wrong during the case.

Sybers, 70, was convicted of first-degree murder in 2001 after a jury heard expert testimony that his wife had been injected with a paralyzing drug. An appeals court overturned the conviction and
life prison term. Instead of retrying Sybers, Shorstein let him plead guilty to manslaughter with a sentence of time served.

Two months later, Shorstein said he found out about an FBI lab
test showing the chemical could be a naturally occurring element in
the body. Sybers' lawyers accused Shorstein of knowing the procedure had been faulty much earlier.

Sybers and his new wife had been living in British Columbia, but Canada recently ordered him to leave because he is a convicted felon.


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