- Former Medical Examiner Traci England's honesty was called into question today. She's accused of taking brain and liver tissue from a cadaver to use to train her dog in Forest County.
This is in addition to the charges she faces in Oneida County for taking part of a spine from another cadaver.
A preliminary hearing was held in Forest County court. England's defense hinges on the claim she had permission from the family to take the tissue.
But two brothers of the alleged victim testified otherwise.
"Did you give anyone permission to take body parts of any sort from your brother?" asked Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono.
"No Sir, nothing at all," answered one brother.
"Did you give Traci England permission to take any body parts from your brother?" asked Simono.
"No Sir," he answered.
"I recall telling her, again, that we did not want to donate body parts," testified the other brother.
Officials from Oneida County also testified today. Detective Sergeant Shannon Murray was with England when she's said to have taken the tissue.
"I saw her get a bucket, and I saw her putting stuff in the bucket. I'd asked her what she was going to do with that, and she told me she was going to use it to train her cadaver dog," said Detective Sergeant Murray.
"She agreed she'd taken some tissue and that she had received permission from Mr. DeLeeuw's brother or brothers, I'm not sure if it was singular. But she said she had permission," said Lieutenant Jim Wood from Oneida County.
But Lieutenant Wood added that he thought England lied about having that permission.
England's attorney Joel Hirschhorn argued since England didn't try to hide the fact she was taking tissue shows she didn't think she was doing anything illegal.
Judge Leon Stenz ultimately decided there was probable cause that England committed a felony. That means she's headed to trial. She'll appear July 3rd at 1 o'clock for arraignment.
England will be in Oneida County court tomorrow for a pre-trial conference in that case.