Former manager sues NC medical examiner's office

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 02:31 PM

CHARLOTTE — A former manager is suing the N.C. medical examiner's office, saying he was forced into retirement because he told investigators that a state pathologist had mishandled murder evidence.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1lfp4B0) 57-year-old Kevin Gerity filed a lawsuit claiming that threats to fire him violated the state's Whistleblower Act.

In 2011, Gerity told his bosses that one of the state's leading pathologists failed to turn over to detectives a bullet fragment recovered from a homicide victim. Two years later, he cooperated with an SBI probe into how evidence was handled.

In a December 2013 letter warning Gerity about his pending dismissal, the state described him as an office "bully" who acted inappropriately when he personally collected a bullet fragment left behind after an autopsy