TBI investigating medical examiner in drug arrest

NASHVILLE, - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is examining allegations that the state's medical examiner arrested in Mississippi on a drug charge had evidence from a Nashville case with him.

Nashville prosecutor Torry Johnson said Thursday that he asked the TBI to step in after authorities in Mississippi said evidence that belonged in the medical examiner's office in Nashville was found with Bruce Levy.

Officials wouldn't identify the missing evidence, though TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said "we're looking into where the marijuana came from."

Johnson said an audit of the evidence room is being launched to make sure there's nothing else missing.

Levy's contracts in Tennessee and Mississippi were suspended following his arrest.

Johnson said his office is going through its files to determine which cases will need new trial witnesses to replace Levy, though he added that Levy has in recent years focused more on administrative work than autopsies.

Levy did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone.

Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Cooper on Thursday named Teresa Campbell as acting state medical examiner.

Campbell was previously the deputy state medical examiner and is a professor of forensic pathology at East Tennessee State University's medical school. She is also a flight surgeon with the Tennessee Air National Guard.

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