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Postmortem test results sealed for city native

June 14, 2007


An autopsy report and toxicology tests have been finished on a Lawrence native who was shot and killed last month in Kansas City, but police said Wednesday the results would remain sealed.

"We will not release any of that information until the case is completely closed," said Kansas City, Mo., police detective Alane Booth, who investigated the killing of Derek A. Orchard.

Orchard, a 1988 Lawrence High School graduate, was found shot to death early May 16 at an athletic field in southern Kansas City.

Police said at the time that they believed the shooting was drug-related, a characterization that some of Orchard's friends and family members disputed.

Two Kansas City residents, Antonio E. Smith, 17, and Lamar D. Quarles, 18, have been charged in the killing and have a pretrial conference scheduled for July 2.

Van Buckley, a spokesman for the Jackson County prosecutor's office, also declined comment on the autopsy.

"We're getting ready for trial in this, so we're not going to release any evidence ahead of time," Buckley said.

Kansas City police also have said they're looking for a third "person of interest" in connection with the case.


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