Tarrant County’s Chief Medical Examiner is retiring at the end of September amid calls for investigations into the office, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported.
Dr. Nizam Peerwani, 74, has been with the department for 42 years and also serves as the chief medical examiner for Parker, Denton and Johnson counties.
He recently announced his decision to retire in a formal letter to county leaders, and it will take effect on Sept. 30, according to NBC5.
Peerwani could not immediately be reached for comment.
The retirement announcement comes amid recently uncovered mistakes in autopsy cases and calls for investigations into Peerwani and the operations of the office.
In March, Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Marc Krouse was placed on administrative leave after an audit of 41 homicide cases found he made mistakes in at least 27 cases from Jan. 1 to Nov. 9 of 2020.
That audit was conducted by Peerwani and completed March 19.
After the audit was released, Krouse was placed on administrative leave. His last day was April 24.
Krouse was suspended from doing autopsies in homicide cases in November after the body of a 19-year-old shooting victim had to be exhumed because Krouse failed to notice a second bullet in the body. He made nine mistakes during the autopsy, the audit found.
On Tuesday, the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association called for an independent investigation of the medical examiner’s office.
The association also called for an external audit of Peerwani after Tarrant County District Court Judge Mollee Westfall found last month that he had made “false, inaccurate and misleading” statements while testifying in a 2006 death penalty case.