Former employee's suit against Lubbock ME, others, dismissed
One of two lawsuits filed against the Lubbock Medical Examiner and others has been dismissed.
Judge Ruben Reyes ruled that Tita Senee Graves' attorneys failed to provide clear and specific evidence for each of her claims. Graves is a former county employee who claimed she was improperly fired because she leaked confidential information. Her suit was filed against Dr. Sam Andrews, Dr. Evan Matshes, National Autopsy Assay Group, LLC and NAAG Pathology Labs, PC.
Andrews is the Lubbock County Medical Examiner. NAAG is the company contracted to run the ME's Office.
Graves reports she took photographs of an autopsy, claiming the man in charge of NAAG asked pathologists to take more tissue than necessary, for his own research. Graves then reported that to Lubbock Police and County Commissioner Jason Corley.
Attorneys for NAAG claim that was of great concern to Lubbock County. It made the decision to terminate her employment. According to the firm, Dr. Sam Andrews, who runs the ME's Office for NAAG, was just the messenger.
Dr. Matshes released a statement following Monday's ruling, "today’s court ruling reinforces and supports the statements we have made regarding this case and the controversy that it has generated throughout the community.
“Neither Dr. Sam Andrews nor I are engaged in any type of research and have worked diligently to make sure that our autopsies meet the highest standards.
“As the Lubbock County Medical Examiner, Dr. Andrews is part of the criminal justice system. As part of the legal process, we have the responsibility to help make sure that those who are criminally liable are charged and prosecuted and assuring innocent people are not accused of a crime.
“The negative publicity that has been purposefully generated has resulted in other litigation as well as investigations of our firm and the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s office. We hope today’s decision will be the first of many that will end this controversy.”