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No Criminal Wrongdoing during Dozier Research

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The State Attorney says there is no criminal wrongdoing in research conducted at the former Dozier School for Boys.

Marianna Police Chief Hayes Baggett brought his findings to state attorney Glenn Hess last Tuesday.

The inquiry began after Jackson County Historian Dale Cox complained that there was digging done at the cemetery site by USF researchers.

In Hess's April 15th letter, he says Florida Statute prohibits destruction, mutilation, defacement, injury or removal at grave sites. He says during the research nothing was destroyed, so there is no violation.

Hess also says work outside the scope of the permit would not be a criminal act and the permit grantee says digging is a covered activity.

The findings of the USF group led to a new investigation by the Florida Attorney General's Office who is ordering exhumation and examination of bodies by the Medical Examiner.