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D.A. says discredited coroner won't harm case against Rey

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Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell says that a disgraced medical examiner's 1989 autopsy on a slain elderly woman whose alleged killer was recently found in California won't impede the man's trial.

Powell told the Associated Press earlier this week that another coroner will review Ralph Erdmann's autopsy of Minnie Elkins, 93.  Elkins body was found in her Lubbock home 22 years ago.

Erdmann ruled she died of blunt force trauma to the head. He was West Texas' main forensic pathologist in the 1980s. In 1992, he was sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to seven felonies charging he falsified autopsies and tampered with evidence.

DNA evidence led police to Reynaldo Aguirre Rey, 48. He was arrested on a murder charge last week in Madera, Calif.  The Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Office tells KCBD that they expect Rey to be back in Lubbock by the end of the week.

All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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