REPORT: Coroner resigns as president of state association

The president of the Mississippi Coroners and Medical Examiners Association confirmed there is an ongoing investigation into allegations made against former president and Lafayette County Coroner Lonnie Weaver, but would not confirm the specifics of the allegations, according to the Oxford Eagle.

“There is an ongoing investigation in the coroners association,” said Greg Merchant, who took over the position of president after Weaver resigned recently.

Merchant said a peer committee has been appointed to “look into the situation” that will report back to the executive board in “two to three weeks.”

Weaver said he resigned as president due to family problems.

“I was not able to fulfill my duties as president,” he said.

Weaver denied any wrong-doing and said he did not know of what he was being accused.

“I know there’s some investigation but I don’t know why,” he said this morning.

Weaver has been the coroner for Lafayette County for 20 years and has served as president of the Mississippi Coroners and Medical Examiners Association for three years.

The association is made up of coroners and deputy coroners from around Mississippi and is used for training sources for coroners to meet their continued education credits and for lobbying purposes, Merchant said.

Lafayette County Board of Supervisors president Lloyd Oliphant said it would be inappropriate to comment on Weaver’s reasons for his resignation from the association.

“However, as it relates to the Lafayette County, there should not be any immediate impact to the services provided by Mr. Weaver’s office,” Oliphant told the Eagle. “After speaking with (Weaver) this morning, I am confident he will continue to serve the citizens of Lafayette County to the best of his ability. He is a friend and I wish him well.”

 

The Oxford Eagle