The coroner at Edinburgh Homicide has been proven crooked

EDINBURG, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The coroner responsible for conducting the autopsy in a murder case in Edinburgh was found not to be licensed in the state of Texas.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant, it was determined that Dr. Sandra Lyden of the Medical Examiner‘s Office in Corpus Christi was not licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas.

Lyden had performed the autopsy on 47-year-old Yvonne Salas, who was found dead in Edinburgh on December 7. Initial autopsy reports indicated that her cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and body.

Adan Roberto Ruiz, 52, has been charged with murder. He is accused of beating Salas to death in her apartment in a mobile home on the 1400 block of N. Closner Blvd.

A separate autopsy report weeks later involving a different woman cast Lyden in doubt.

According to the search warrant, the death of a 27-year-old woman who died of a C6/C7 fractured neck has been provisionally ruled a “homicide.” Corpus Christi Police Detective Jason Smith, who was assigned to investigate, questioned her medical reports and Lyden was “unable to provide a reasonable explanation for her medical reports.”

A second opinion was obtained, and the body was transported to Georgetown, Texas for an independent autopsy. The second autopsy was performed by Dr. Chundru who stated the cause of death was not homicide but natural causes.

The search warrant stated that Dr. Adel Shaker, the Nueces County coroner, said he was present during the autopsy and concurred with Lyden’s diagnosis and findings.

The warrant also said Shaker was aware that Lyden did not have a license to practice medicine in the state of Texas.

According to NBC affiliate KRIS6, Shaker submitted a pension notice on January 27th. KRIS6 also reported that Lyden was fired on January 14th.

Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. sent ValleyCentral a statement regarding the situation.

“At this time I can confirm that only one case has been handled by this individual relating to a homicide investigation by the City of Edinburgh Police Department,” Rodriguez said in a statement.

The statement goes on:

“We are aware that concerns have been raised regarding the chief medical examiner’s oath of office. However, there are no questions regarding the Chief Medical Examiner’s authority to practice medicine in Texas, and at this time we are not aware of any issues related to any autopsies he may have performed for Hidalgo County.”

Mark A. Gonzalez, Nueces County District Attorney said KRIS6 that criminal matters could be jeopardized.

“All I can say is that any autopsy could be potentially compromised,” Gonzalez said.

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