NAAG fails to meet county's deadline, future uncertain
LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -
The hunt for a new Lubbock County medical examiner will have to start quick. NAAG Pathology Labs has yet to provide it has insurance, despite the Commissioner's Court demanding it last week.
The company has already indicated it will not renew its contract in September. Commissioner Jason Corley gave NAAG three days to come up with proof of insurance last Tuesday. Corley said they have yet to do so. He said the county's civil district attorney is reviewing the contract and deciding the next step.
"If we could just get that from them, to show they do have this insurance, and then that's one less thing to have to worry about with what's going on," Corley said.
It is not just Lubbock County affected by investigations. Agencies from multiple states have requested information from the 72nd District Court regarding Dr. Evan Matshes. This includes prosecutors from New Hampshire, who are working on a case involving a young child's death. The defense has Matshes as an expert witness.
The district attorney's office in Yuma, Arizona reached out to FOX34, regarding Matshes. Matshes is also listed as an expert witness there in a case involving a toddler.
This all as the Texas Rangers, The State Attorney General's Office and the FBI are investigating NAAG Pathology. Now the concern is what happens to autopsies for recent cases here in Lubbock.
"As far as the criminal side, that is the side right now that is giving me the most concern," County Judge Curtis Parrish said. "The on-going investigation is kinda putting a lot of things on hold."
For now, the Commissioner's Court does not have an answer, but under the contract, NAAG Pathologists will continue to perform autopsies.
"Do we break this contract, do we stop payments, you know, what do we need to do to ensure that our contract with NAAG is being honored?," Corley asked.
The Florida Health Department has also requested information about Matshes, but it is unclear on what its request is directly related to. In his letter notifying County Judge Curtis Parrish the company does not intend to renew its contract in September, Dr. Matshes blamed personal and political agendas for stifling the company's work.