Shrode testified that he knew from his autopsy that Nields beat Patricia Newsome in Cincinnati in 1997, left for 15 minutes to six hours, then came back and strangled Newsome. Shrode's supervisor later told the parole board that Shrode had no scientific basis for the claim, which helped establish to jurors that Nields acted in cold blood.There are also two pending complaints against Shrode with the Texas Medical Board, one over a sloppy autopsy in El Paso, and the other filed by activist David Fisher of Elgin over fictional elements of Shrode's resume. The Fort Worth Weekly last year ran an informative story about Fisher's activism surrounding Texas medical examiners.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
El Paso medical examiner ousted
County commissioners in El Paso on Monday voted 3-1 to fire county medical examiner Paul Shrode after the Ohio Parole board recommended clemency in a capital case because of discrepancies in Shrode's testimony and false credentials on his resume. In Ohio, reports the El Paso Times,