Erie County Medical Examiner Steps Down

October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM EDT

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October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Chief Medical Examiner for Erie County is stepping down after a number of controversial rulings over the past decade.

Dr. James Woytash notified Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Anthony Billittier in August that he would be resigning at the end of the year, but instead has chosen to leave a few weeks early.

Woytash has been tied to several controversial rulings in death cases, most recently in the case of Amanda Wienckowski. Dr. Woytash ruled her death as an accidental drug overdose, while her family has insisted that the young woman was murdered.

The State Supreme Court recently granted the Wienckowski family their request to have Erie County provide autopsy photos and other evidence to a private medical examiner.

Dr. Woytash has been working part time at ECMC in the Pathology Department and will now make that a full time job. Dr. Billittier says Woytash was not pressured to leave and is stepping down on his own.