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Former chief deputy testifies in Wecht trial

The federal public corruption trial of Dr. Cyril H. Wecht continued Wednesday.

Joe Dominick, the former chief deputy coroner at the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office, testified that he never believed criminal activity was going on in the office. He said he did not know some employees were working on Wecht’s private cases at the morgue until the investigation began in 2005.

Prosecutors attacked a theory Wecht’s lawyers presented Monday that issues arose with bodies sent from the morgue to Carlow University for its autopsy program only after federal investigators began interviewing coroner’s office employees. The government contends Wecht received free laboratory space for his private cases in return for providing unclaimed corpses from the morgue.

Wecht, 76, of Squirrel Hill is accused of using his public office for private gain.

Dominick is expected to resume testifying today.

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