Completed autopsy report released in Anadarko pastor’s death

| May 14, 2010

The completed autopsy report of slain Pastor Carol Daniels was released Thursday by the state medical examiner’s office, nine months after her mutilated body was found behind the altar of her tiny Anadarko church.

The report was delayed by the firing of Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Collie M. Trant, agency spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard said. Trant conducted the autopsy, but Ballard said only "handwritten notes on a body diagram” were left by the doctor at the time of his termination Feb. 4.

Autopsies generally take anywhere from three to five months to finalize, Ballard said. Dr. Chai S. Choi, a pathologist with more than 25 years of experience, was called on to finish the report.

"She had to finish the autopsy from handwritten notes, a body diagram and pictures,” Ballard said. "I’m sure that was not an easy task.”

Choi made one noticeable change from Trant’s preliminary autopsy report: The cause of death.

Choi changed "multiple sharp force injuries” to "multiple incised wounds.” Daniels suffered cuts all over her body, including an apparent attempt by her killer to leave her decapitated. The autopsy showed "gaping incised wounds across the larynx, extending lateral and toward the back of the neck.”

"Dr. Choi said she thought the initial cause of death was too broad,” Ballard said.

"She thought something more specific would be more appropriate.”

No arrests have been made in the case, which is being handled by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Police found Daniels’ mutilated and nude body Aug. 23 inside the Christ Holy Sanctified Church.

"I haven’t seen it, and my agents have not seen it. So, it would be premature to talk about the report,” said Jessica Brown, OSBI spokeswoman.

Trant has filed a "whistle-blower” lawsuit and asked a judge to reinstate him.

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