COLUMBUS (May 12, 2014) – A family will learn this week if the gunshot that killed a Columbus man was self-inflicted or the result of foul play.
In April 2013, Cary Owsley, 49, was found dead from a gunshot wound. His death was ruled a suicide, but family members never believed that. No autopsy was ever performed, and the family said the investigation into his death was plagued with problems. Three deputies connected to the case were reprimanded.
Owsley’s sister, Cheryl Jackson, led the effort to have her brother’s body exhumed so an autopsy could be conducted. A judge granted the family’s request in November. In March, Owsley’s body was exhumed for an independent autopsy in Fort Wayne.
“I didn’t expect it to be quite that traumatizing when they took him out of this hole and put him on the gurney to take him to the hearse. I just realized I was a few feet from him. I haven’t been a few feet from him for months,” Jackson told FOX59 shortly after the exhumation.
Larry Fisher, the Bartholomew County corner who decided not to perform an autopsy on Owsley, based his suicide ruling on testimony from Owsley’s wife Lisa, who was home when Owsley died.
The family expects to get the autopsy results this week.