Alley's daughter claims state violated order barring autopsy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The daughter of executed inmate Sedley Alley claims the state medical examiner ignored a federal court order barring the state from performing an autopsy.

Alley was executed June 28th for killing and raping 19-year-old Suzanne Collins near a Memphis Navy base in 1985.

Before Alley's execution, a federal judge issued the order because an autopsy conflicted with Alley's religious beliefs. But Alley's daughter -- April McIntyre -- says that needle marks were found in his neck, eyes and groin area after the execution.

She filed a court motion to hold the state medical examiner in contempt for violating the order.

An attorney for state medical examiner Doctor Bruce Levy says an autopsy was not performed on Alley and the federal order was not violated.

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