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No determination from GBI in death of Dr. Thomas Paschal

District attorney Greg Edwards says more indications shooting death was not foul play

Thomas Paschal was found in February, dead from a single gunshot. The manner of his death has yet to be determined by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. (Special Photo)

Thomas Paschal was found in February, dead from a single gunshot. The manner of his death has yet to be determined by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. (Special Photo)

ALBANY — In the more than four months since Dr. Thomas Paschal was found shot to death in his West Third Avenue home, The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has yet to say if the former physician was a victim of homicide.

Paschal was found on Feb 18 with a single gunshot wound inside his mouth, officials say, but mystery continue to cloud the circumstances of his death. The former Albany pediatrician had been physically disabled since the late 1980s, when prosecutors accused his then-wife Karen Paschal of introducing a harmful drug into his home intravenous device.

The GBI performed an autopsy, which established Paschal’s death from a bullet wound, but has never issued a formal opinion on whether he committed suicide or there may have been foul play.

In May, Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said he planned to press the GBI forensics team to make a call — one way or another — but Edwards says the agency hasn’t moved from the mark.

“Every district attorney has the right to ask the GBI to expedite a case,” Edwards said. “But we want to act in a judicious manner when we make those requests.”

Edwards said that since the GBI serves many jurisdictions throughout the state, and is subject to personnel turnover and difficulty in maintaining qualified forensic scientists, there is a real possibility of a backlog.

“We’re in line,” Edwards said. “and over the past few weeks new information on the circumstances of the case has become available which indicates more strongly to me there was no foul play involved.”

Edwards declined to elaborate on the new information, saying only that the confidential source was a reliable one.