Wednesday, January 10, 2007

DALLAS (AP) — Dr. Charles Petty, a medical adviser to a U.S. House committee that reviewed the circumstances of President Kennedy’s assassination, died Jan. 9 in Dallas County. He was 86.

Dr. Petty, a Seattle native, was not in Dallas when Mr. Kennedy was shot in 1963, but he worked with the House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations in the late 1970s to review the findings.

In a 2003 appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Dr. Petty said he concluded from his work with the House investigation that Mr. Kennedy was struck by two bullets.

Dr. Petty wrote in a 1993 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association that the assassination carried important lessons, among them that pathologists must have control of the time and place of the autopsy, the Dallas Morning News reported.

He told CNN in 2003 that he thought the doctors who worked on Mr. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas should have been taken to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, where the autopsy was performed. But he said the autopsy was performed well.

Dr. Petty was Dallas County medical examiner from 1969 until his retirement in 1991. When the office opened, he had a secretary, a typist and another forensic scientist working with him. He built the agency into a fully integrated medical and criminal investigative system within five months.

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