Former Knox County medical examiner wins fight

Former Knox County medical examiner wins fight


NASHVILLE (AP) - The troubled former Knox County medical examiner will not have to turn over her mental-health, prescription drug and disciplinary records in a court case involving a couple charged in the death of their 11-month-old child.

The Tennessee Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling that the couple wasn't entitled to the records of former medical examiner Sandra Elkins.

John and Sarah Cote are accused of using morphine to kill their daughter. Elkins performed the autopsy.

Elkins, who admitted to prescription drug abuse in the past, took a leave of absence in 2008. She was later hospitalized after being accused of threatening to shoot a Knoxville police officer who was investigating complaints that she threatened suicide and her co-workers with violence.

A Sevier County judge ordered the records turned over. Last year the Tennessee Court of Appeals disagreed, saying the couple did not show the information would help their defense.

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