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True Life Examples Of Bereaved Families Being Abused In Houston County By Forensic and So Called Leaders

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Apr 27 2014 2:17 PM

HOUSTON COUNTY:     This is the second of several articles concerning the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

This is a true life Houston County issue.

A lady died on a Friday. I called Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd as media asking some questions concerning the death. In the conversation Byrd told me that Forensic has decided they were not doing autopsies on weekends. That it would be Monday. I told him to wait.

NOTE:  The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences failed to notify the Coroner’s. Byrd had no idea until he called them for the autopsy.

I called OUR Senator Harri Anne Smith. She called the local Alabama Department of Forensic Science lab and asked. Senator Smith was told that was true.

Senator Smith and I talked. She called the Director of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. I told Senator Smith to keep one phone to her ear where she could hear me.

As Senator Smith was called, I called the Mobile office of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. My question was, do you do autopsies on Saturday? The answer was YES. My next question was, what is the deadline to have the body there? Answer 1 PM.

While Senator Smith had the Director on the phone, I told her to ask him could they do it in Mobile since they do the autopsies on Saturday and the deadline for the body to be there is 1 PM. After the Director choked, he said, well yes.

The body was transported to Mobile and returned to Dothan on Saturday. The family had visitation on Sunday. On Monday they had the funeral. Coroner Byrd called me and said, thanks, instead of the family still having to wait they are having the funeral on Monday.

The family never has known what District 29 Alabama Senator Harri Anne Smith did for them. She did without the family knowing because it was the right thing to do for a bereaved family. Prolonging the situation is not compassionate or thoughtful of the family.


We have a Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences doctor in Dothan. He lives here and is paid to drive to Montgomery for autopsies. And families are billed for transporting the bodies from Montgomery for autopsies they have no choice in.

The doctor is Dr. Alfredo Parades. When I was Coroner I got him his job.


When I was Coroner and before I got the Alabama Department of Forensic lab in Dothan, I had a man die on a Friday. We needed to have an autopsy performed to determine the cause of death.

I called the Forensic Lab Investigator. He said he would carry the body to Montgomery on Saturday.

I was dating a girl that went to school in Auburn. I was going to Auburn on Saturday for the football game. I offered to the Forensic Investigator that I would transport the body to Montgomery, go to the game because she lived on campus and I would not need the van to get around in Auburn on. After the game I would go back to Montgomery and pick the body up and return to Dothan. The Investigator said no, he would handle it. I said OK.

Eddie Ingram was handling Coroner call for me while I went to Auburn. When I got back I called Eddie to see what the cause of death was. Eddie told me they did not carry the body. Ingram said the State Forensic Investigator changed his mind and they were going to do the autopsy Sunday.

I hit the roof!!!!

I called Carlos Rabren, the State Forensic Director, at his home in Auburn. I informed Rabren that I told this bereaved family the autopsy would be Saturday. The funeral visitation is scheduled Sunday and the funeral is scheduled Monday. That absent a mass casualty, they had better come get that body, get the autopsy done and get it back NOW. That I did not care what they did in 66 other counties on this state, but in Houston County, what a family was told was going to happen.

They did. The funeral home was able to get the body prepared for visitation and the funeral.

You see, I had and have compassion for the family. I demanded the families be treated with dignity and respect.


The family who lost their loved one on Friday. There is NO EXCUSE for them to be held up until Friday.

You have an Attorney General who does not care how the bereaved families are being treated. He could care less about the some 38,000 cases waiting to be analyzed by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. Your Attorney General could care less about the people sitting in jail for years waiting on results of evidence.

And your so called leaders like Mark Culver. All he cares about is how he can profit from his job as Chairman. In fact, Culver has even hauled real estate customers around in the Houston County vehicle for Alfred Saliba Realty. And on more than one occasion.

If people like Culver would work as hard serving the people and not for personal gain as they do for personal gain, Houston County could go to infinity and beyond.

But it takes pretty cold hearted people to sit by and see bereaved families abused.

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