Assistant in Michael Brown Autopsy Banned From Investigations in Kansas

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Shawn Parcells has been ordered to stop performing autopsies in Kansas. - WABAUNSEE COUNTY JAIL
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  • Shawn Parcells has been ordered to stop performing autopsies in Kansas.

A Kansas man who played a key role in the private death investigation of Michael Brown is now banned from performing autopsies in his home state.

Shawn Parcells was slapped with a temporary restraining order following a request from the Kansas Attorney General, who alleges in a civil lawsuit that the 37-year-old posed as a licensed professional and deceived customers.



Parcells was separately arrested on Friday in a Wabaunsee County, Kansas, criminal case on three counts each of desecration of a body and theft. He offered private autopsy services under a variety of names, including National Forensic Autopsy and Toxicology Services, according to court documents.

An assistant Kansas attorney general alleges that Parcells, who has described teaching himself his trade, was not qualified and hid that fact from consumers. A judge agreed there was evidence to suggest Parcells had violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and ordered him to stop conducting his business and shut down his website. The site was still up this afternoon.



Parcells landed in the spotlight after Brown's family hired famed pathologist Michael Baden to perform an autopsy on the eighteen-year-old, who was fatally shot in 2014 by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson. Parcells assisted Baden and appeared on national television news in connection with the case.

Their investigation concluded that Brown was likely bent over when the fatal shots were fired into the top of his head. “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer,” Baden explained.

The attention given to Brown's case led to new scrutiny of Parcells, whom numerous customers, doctors and government agencies consider to be a scammer. He was accused of performing work without the required supervision of doctors and botching autopsies while bilking grieving families.

In Wabaunsee, which is outside of Topeka, Kansas, he is accused of charging the county for autopsies he never completed.

The Kansas City Star first reported the temporary restraining order in the civil case. In a statement to the paper, Parcells' attorney said they were still reviewing the order as well as the bond conditions of his criminal case.

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