Cary Owsley was killed with the gun that belonged to his wife's ex husband, who is also a sheriff's deputy who worked the death scene. He processed the gun, moved the body and touched evidence.
That deputy, Dewayne Janes Sr., is also the father of Cary's wife's adult sons. Cary had ongoing disagreements with those sons during his 3 year marriage to their mother.
Bartholomew County Sheriff's Deputy Dewayne Janes, Sr
Deputy Janes literally touched all of the important evidence in the scene-the gun, the body,the rug under Cary's body. In fact, while Cary's OWN sons leaned over his body on a gurney to say good-bye, Deputy Janes walked into the room holding a rug dripping with Cary's blood and asked Cary's wife (his ex wife), "Do you want to try to save this?" From Deputy Janes own report (verbatim, including errors):
"Once the Coroner (Larry Fisher) arrived and placed Cary into a body bag, I assisted him by carrying the body bag out of the office, down the hall to the living room where he was place on a gurney ... Logan and his brother Dustin entered the residence to see their father. After they had a few minutes the Coroner brought Cary out to the van to transport him from the residence ...
After the Coroner and law enforcement left I with the help of my son Dewayne cut out a section of the rug that was blood soaked bagging it for disposal. Later in the afternoon the chair the Cary was sitting in that had one spindle shattered was burnt by someone."
Sgt. Dean Johnson, of the Bartholomew County Sheriff's office, was also suspended. Johnson never mentions Janes touches the body or the gun. From Johnson's report (verbatim):
"Officer Janes did not get any closer to the victim but while looking advised the handgun appreared to be the one he had brought back from Germany & had given to Lisa as a gift. I assisted Det. Nunemaker By making the handgun safte by down loading the weapon ...
Janes addresses the gun issue differently. From Janes' report (verbatim)
I stepped back into the office when SGT Johnson was starting to collect the weapon for evidence. I assited SGT Johnson by reading the serial number off the weapon ... I assisted SGT Johnson with this by placing the pen cap into the ejection port.
Deputy Janes and 2 other deputies were suspended after the "botched" investigation. We contend that his presence on an active crime scene, while he was off duty, is clear conflict of interest and likely altered death scene to the point where the conclusions are compromised.
Bartholomew County coroner Larry Fisher said he came to the conclusion of suicide based on "the witnesses in the room."
Bartholomew County Coroner, Larry Fisher
Even though state police took over the investigation and concluded it was incomplete Fisher refused to allow the exhumation and autopsy that could yield the answers to how Cary died.
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Cary Owsley died at age 49 from a gunshot wound to the chest in his home in Bartholomew County on April 7, 2013.
According to the corner's report the wound was 6 centimeters left of his sternum in the left ventricle of his heart.This determination was made by the coroner without an autopsy and no forensics of any kind, including gun shot resdiue, which the family requested.
Cary was left handed, which would make it very awkward for him to have shot himself in this way. The shot nearly missed his heart.
The scene was never yellow-taped off or turned into an official crime scene. THERE WAS NO INVESTIGATION!
Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department released the investigative files on Cary's death to the press and not to the family. Only after Cary's family and friends held several rallies and demonstrations did the agency release the files to the family.
Cary's family intends to exhume his body and do an independent autopsy on his remains in effort to find the answers to what happend to him.
The well known forensic pathologisy, Dr. Cyril Wecht, has agreed to do the autopsy on Cary's body.
Dr. Cyril Wecht
Cary's youngest son, Lorgan Owsley and only nephew, Chase Jackson
Cary's sister, Cheryl Owsley Jackson, his aunt, Nancy Kirts and his mother, Rosemary Owsley
Cary's sons, Logan and Dustin
Cary's son, Logan and his only niece, Chaley Jackson.