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10/10/09

Governor removes Lubbock ME from state commission

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Governor Rick Perry removed Lubbock County Medical Examiner Sridhar Natarajan from a state panel set to review a 2004 arson investigation that led to an inmate's execution.  Perry also appointed a Texas Tech graduate to fill another open position on that board.

It's called the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Friday, Perry announced that Fort Worth attorney, and Tech graduate Lance Evans will fill a seat formerly held by an Austin based attorney who was not reappointed to the position.  The chief medical examiner for Bexar County will replace Natarajan on the panel.

The commission oversees professional conduct of forensic laboratories and facilities. They were supposed to consider findings that led to the execution of a Corsicana man convicted for an arson fire that killed his three daughters.

Perry says he's replacing members who terms have expired. Critics argue he's pulling members to avoid potentially emparrassing findings if the commissions determines the state executed an innocent man.

No time table is set for when members will hear the inquiry.

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