LAKE COUNTY, Colo. — The coroner in Lake County has been accused sending his wife to respond to multiple death scenes in 2019 when she was not a sworn deputy.
On Friday, Shannon Kent, the elected Lake County coroner, was indicted by a grand jury for second-degree official misconduct.
According to the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Kent allegedly sent his wife to respond to several death scenes in 2019 when she was not a sworn deputy.
Deputy coroners can exercise the authority of the elected coroner, whose responsibilities include investigating the cause of deaths and moving the bodies if the death occurred outside a hospital.
Kent was appointed to the Lake County Coroner’s Office in 2012. He was elected coroner to four-year terms in 2014 and again in 2018.
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