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Dr. John D. Butts Jr.


Chief Medical Examiner

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Chief Medical Examiner

Background Information

Employment History

Clinical Professor of Pathology

University of North Carolina

Adjunct Assistance Professor of Pathology

Duke University

Chief Medical Examiner


Board Member
National Association of Medical Examiners

Board Member
American Academy of Forensic Sciences


Chief Med Examiner


Web References (102 Total References)

When a woman is found dead from a shotgun blast -  Unsolved Mystery [cached]

The Mossors contacted Dr. John Butts, the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of North Carolina. Dr. Butts said his conclusions differed significantly from the findings of the autopsy:

Based on Dr. Butts' findings, the medical examiner officially changed the manner of death from "suicide" to "pending.
"We knew when we read Dr. Butts' statement that it had to go on until we found out what happened."

Cocaine Overdose [cached]

The average heart size for someone of Perry's height and weight ranges from 365 to 463 grams, said Chief State Medical Examiner Dr. John Butts. JUSTICE FOR BRIAN: CHEIF MEDICAL EXAMINER [cached]

After not getting a complete answer here I wrote to Dr. John Butts.

> Dr. Butts, >
John Butts Here again more confusion. I cannot find in the autopsy anything about contact shot. Autopsy says surrounding soot. Ballistic experts say that is not a contact shot. Dr. Butts speaks of evidence, that is what I have been asking for. Show me the evidence. Dr. Butts speaks of authorities investigating the circumstances. And apparently found nothing. They didn't look for anything. You will read a letter from Dr. Butts later about the information he received from the authorities, that investigated. I understood that up to this point information had not been received from The Sheriff Dept. Letter to Dr. Butts
Leah Devlin, DOS, MPH, State Health Director John D. Butts, MD, Chief Medical Examiner
John D. Butts, M.D. Chief Medical Examiner
The Lincoln County Sheriff Dept. sent to Dr. Butts a report showing Brian had residue on his hands and Susan didn't have residue.
Lincoln county Sheriff Dept. did send to Dr. Butts the correct report on GSR. showing inconclusive. Some way, I do not know why, or how. Dr. Butts reads the report as Brian having more residue than Susan.
How Dr. Butts read this report this way is a mystery.
When Dr. Butts requested it.
Was the GSR report inconclusive or was it as reported to Dr. Butts?
I have sent another letter to Dr. Butts, asking him to change the ruling back to pending. Until someone sends to him enough information, to make a realistic ruling. I will say again, even though we do not agree with the manner of death being amended. Without any more investigation. Dr. Butts and his associates, have been the most professional, and helpful of anyone we have contacted.
I question if The Sheriff sent to Dr. Butts along with the incident report, and the GSR. report.
On 03/14/05 I sent a letter to Dr. Butts, asking him again to consider. Amending the manner of death back to pending, since it was changed from pending to suicide. With no information from a police investigation. With very little evidence of what happened. Dr. Butts has not responded. Again I don't question Dr. Butts experience, education, or his intent. The only thing I question is when his representative, ruled pending. Why another representative, amended the ruling to suicide. Without further investigation. I think that Dr. Butts will agree, that although he received a police report. He still does not have information from a complete suspected suicide investigation. JUSTICE FOR BRIAN: OCME PG.2 [cached]

Dr. John Butts is Cheif Medical Examiner in NC. Dr. Butts and I have been corresponding for several months. Although we disagree on some things. Dr. Butts has always been prompt, and professional. My main question to Dr. Butts is what specific evidence was used to amend the death certificate from pending to suicide.

John D. Butts, M.D. Chief Medical Examiner

N.C. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. ... [cached]

N.C. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. John Butts has refused to adopt those changes. Butts instead has maintained a policy that unexplained infant deaths should be ruled SIDS unless there is concrete evidence such as a witness or a confession that the child suffocated.

He argues the new trend wrongly assumes foul play, does not save lives and worsens innocent families' grief.
State Health Director Dr. Jeffrey Engel defends Butts and the practices of that office, which oversees medical examiners statewide.
Engel, who oversees Butts' office, says an outside review is unnecessary and could be dangerous.
Butts, 64, will retire at the end of the month, and Associate Chief Dr. Deborah Radisch will take over.

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