Statement of Joan Wood M.D. in the Lisa McPherson criminal investigation
Depostion taken on 01 June 2000 by Douglas E.Crow, Esq. Assistant State Attorney, State of Florida.
| The SP Times reported
thusly on this testimony of Joan Wood:
Crow was dismayed after a two-hour deposition of Wood on June 1, a transcript of which was released Monday.
That document shows the state's case was on even shakier ground than he realized. It was clear that the state's chief witness had severe credibility problems.
Wood's recollection of events, actions and conversations was inconsistent. Her opinions seemed to change each time he asked her a question about why she made a decision. Wood admitted to him that she made a forensic error. She could not logically explain or justify why she decided to change the death certificate and kept equivocating on forensic issues in the case.
A week later Crow recommended to State Attorney McCabe, to drop the case. Or rather file a Nolle Prosequi due to the State's inability to prove critical forensic and causation issues beyond and to the exclusion of a reasonable doubt, as a consequence of the Medical Examiner's change of opinion.