Thomas' body parts for examination in Miami
February 14, 2004
BODY parts of murder accused Mark Thomas are to be flown to Miami for examination to determine the cause of his death.
This, resulting from contacts the Guyana Police Force has made with U.S. officials for help to resolve the mystery surrounding Thomas's sudden death at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation on Sunday, February 1.
Reports are that Thomas, who was charged along with Ashton King and Shawn Hinds in the murder of 45-year-old Lodge farmer Shafeek Bacchus, collapsed shortly after he had received unidentified visitors at his bedside.
Shafeek Bacchus was shot to death outside his Princess Street home on January 5.
His demise has sparked a furor over allegations by his brother George Bacchus that the shooting was done by members of a 'phantom squad,' for which he claimed he was an informant.
A source close to the US Embassy here said yesterday that Dr. Lee Hearn, Chief Toxicologist of Dade County's Medical Examiner Department in Miami, has consented to do the toxicology test on Thomas's body parts, which is expected to be taken there by a Guyanese police officer.
Chronicle understands that the examination could be completed in just under two weeks.