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Hearing reveals investigation into dozens of autopsies

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From page A1 | February 12, 2014 |

Genelle Renee Conway-Allen.

FAIRFIELD — The scope of the investigations into the Solano County Sheriff’s-Coroner’s Office became more clear Monday with an attorney for the doctor at the center of the investigations revealing as many as 37 autopsies may be called into question.

The revelations about the abrupt departure of Dr. Susan Hogan came at a hearing for accused child-killer Anthony L. Jones, who is accused of raping and strangling a 13-year-girl before dumping her nude body in Allan Witt Park in February 2013.

Although the case is nearly a year old, no dates for a probable cause hearing have been scheduled and won’t be scheduled until Jones’ next court appearance Feb. 25.

Jones has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge with three special circumstances, making him eligible for the death penalty.

A few days after Hogan’s autopsy on the young victim, Genelle Renee Conway-Allen, she sent a graphic email to the prosecutor saying “just between you and me” the girl’s strangulation death may have occurred accidentally during consensual sex. It was not until seven months after Jones’ arrest that the prosecutor shared the email with Jones’ pair of defense attorneys from the Public Defender’s Office.

Prosecutors acknowledged during Monday’s hearing that Hogan had been the subject of a months-long internal affairs investigation.

Sheriff’s officials have said Hogan retired in December. Hogan, in another email sent to prosecutors earlier this month, said she would rather go to jail than testify in court and disputed the circumstances surrounding the end of her employment. Hogan says she was screamed at by a senior member of the Sheriff’s Office staff before she was escorted from the building by two sheriff’s deputies who she says had their hands on their guns.

Defense attorneys in recent weeks, in more than 20 pending criminal cases in which Hogan conducted autopsies, have asked Sheriff’s Office officials for all documents about her employment.

Judge E. Bradley Nelson, during the hearing in Jones’ case, rejected a request by the defense team to throw out the case over what they call “outrageous” conduct by prosecutors. Nelson questioned how the late sharing of the emails hurt the defense team since the case had not even reached the level of the probable cause hearing.

“We have strong suspicions there is something else out there,” one of the defense attorneys said of the controversy, adding that they had lost all trust in the District Attorney’s Office.

Nelson also ruled that defense attorneys could call Hogan as a witness at the probable cause hearing. He asked for and received from county lawyers more than 1,000 pages of documents relating to Hogan and said he would review them before Jones’ next hearing.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • The MisterFebruary 11, 2014 - 6:26 am

    Sounds like a jobs program for lawyers.

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 11, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Interesting to see all of the DA's staff and Lois Wolk's son Dan at that hearing. Mr. Medenhall did a good job excoriating them and they all looked very uncomfortable. I believe the DA and the Sheriff have screwed up again.

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  • RalphFebruary 11, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Misyer: this is outrageous, these cases can be completcated in the worst ways..these sick people need to wakeup n smell the coffee.

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  • LilFebruary 12, 2014 - 11:03 am

    Didn't we get this coroner from the same place as the last guy who turned out to be a joke? Why do we keep using the same company? The last guy actually got us on Frontline.

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  • JusticeFebruary 12, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    That's because the Sheriff of Solano County is a joke. He was previously a deputy in Isleton, which has since been disbanded. Do not reelect him. He is the one that runs the coroners office and has ultimate responsibility. He won't speak to the media, throws a Lt. In front of the camera, and doesn't explain why the last two pathologist have had the same problem, incompetence. No other county has these problems. It's costing the tax payers of Solano County a fortune. Vote NO for Tom Ferrera!!!

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