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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    GA - Savannah coroner of 40 years exits under suspicion


    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Even at age 81, Dr. James C. Metts Jr. liked to stay busy. By day, he treated some of Savannah's poorest patients at a downtown medical clinic. By night, or whenever police called, he examined dead bodies as the Chatham County coroner — an elected job that gave Metts a taste of the spotlight in the bestselling book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."..................

    Metts cited only his advancing age and personal reasons for his exit, but it was later revealed that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in after county auditors questioned at least $141,000 in payments for a secretary Metts didn't have and what appeared to be personal expenses for property taxes, auto insurance and cellphone bills. The GBI's findings will go to local prosecutors, who will decide if Metts should face criminal charges...............

    Powell and others credit Metts with slashing the rate of strokes and heart attacks in Chatham County. In 2010, the Georgia Legislature honored Metts with a resolution praising his "unselfish and dedicated public service."..............

    It appears the former coroner may have hoped to settle the case without involving authorities. On Dec. 28, a check for $126,000 from Metts' personal bank account was sent to county officials along with a letter from his son, attorney James Metts III, asking that the money be applied to "accounting discrepancies" uncovered by auditors.

    The county received a second check from Metts, this time for $15,000, on Tuesday. Jon Hart, the county attorney, said officials had not decided what to do with the checks..............

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  2. #2
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    Nov 2008
    The Great Swamp
    Ahhh Dr Metts.

    A little info about one of his more famous cases..

    James Arthur Williams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Last edited by OkieGranny; 11-27-2015 at 05:16 AM. Reason: broken link

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