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Crawford coroner indicted on charges of violating oath
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A Crawford county grand jury indicted county coroner Allen O'Neal Wednesday for violating his oath of office.

According to the indictment, the two charges came about after O'Neal refused to answer a call after a death on May 2. Then it says O'Neal ordered deputy coroner Kent Winslett not to respond. When Winslett answered the call, O'Neal fired him.

The GBI investigated and arrested O'Neal. O'Neal has battled Crawford County commissioners over funding and equipment for his office. Earlier this year, he sued the County for not providing him a vehicle to answer coroner calls, but a judge threw the case out.

Under state law, a panel appointed by the governor will decide whether O'Neal should be suspended from office.

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