Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, the former chief medical examiner who analyzed forensic evidence in some of the most prominent criminal cases in the state, died at 67 years of age.
Carver provided evidence during his trial that led to a conviction in the so-called “wood chipper murder” and explained to jurors how Martha Moxley, a 15-year-old Greenwich High School student, died after being hit with a golf club and then stabbed the broken shaft through her throat.
At Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in 2012, Carver also participated in investigating the shooting rampage that killed 20 children and six adults. He conducted the gunman’s autopsy along with his victims.
The Hartford Courant notes that Carver died at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown on Thursday. He was Old Saybrook’s owner.
He started working in the office of the medical examiner in 1982 and took over the role of chief in 1989. He was praised for his integrity when Carver retired in 2013.
“Dr. Carver has repeatedly demonstrated that the OCME serves the needs of all Connecticut residents and that those associated with the office have the right to be treated with equanimity, compassion and respect, “said Todd Fernow, Chairman of the Medical Examiner’s Office’s Oversight Board.