Dr. Sam Andrews files motion to recuse Judge in Lubbock Co. Medi

UPDATE: ME Andrews' motion to recuse Judge Hatch has been approved

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Update:

Lubbock County District Court Judge Les Hatch has ordered that the pending case against Dr. Andrews, Dr. Evan Matshes, National Autopsy Assay Group, LLC and NAAG Pathology Labs, PC. be transferred to the 72nd District Court under Judge Ruben Reyes. 

Below is a copy of the order of transfer. 



Lubbock County Medical Examiner Dr. Sam Andrews has filed a motion to have Lubbock County District Court Judge Les Hatch recused from a lawsuit in the 237th District Court. This is Rebecca Ortiz's lawsuit filed against Dr. Andrews, Dr. Evan Matshes, National Autopsy Assay Group, LLC and NAAG Pathology Labs, PC.

In a motion filed Friday, Andrews asks for the removal of Judge Hatch because he is the father of an attorney for the plaintiff in a similar lawsuit, filed by Senee Graves against Andrews, Matshes and NAAG.

Ortiz claims her child was "disassembled" by the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office, and filed the lawsuit in March. She claims six counts of mishandling of human remains and interference with final deposition rights. The suit indicates that she did not give consent for these actions, and nothing about the child's traumatic brain injury could be learned from her heart, spine or lungs.

Attorneys for Andrews and NAAG reject the claims made in both suits.

Andrews requests Judge Hatch be removed from hearing any matter in the lawsuits "to avoid the appearance of a personal bias or prejudice." 

 

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