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Judge Cothran stated the law doesn’t allow for any person not already a coroner or deputy coroner who doesn’t qualify under the first six qualifications, to become coroner due to the requirements to enter the certification process. A discussion ensued regarding the issue. The first six ways to qualify include being a medical examiner, being a doctor or nurse, having three years of death investigation experience, having two years plus a two-year degree or having one year, plus a four-year degree. The final qualification is having a forensic science degree or having a state-recognized certification as coroner, or being enrolled in a forensic science degree program or enrolled in the certification process which will be completed within one year of taking office. Tyson argued the question wasn’t whether she could enter the certification process or not. He stated whether it was a great way to do things or not was irrelevant as it is current state law. He again brought it back around to the fact that Samuels-Cooper did not qualify under any of the requirements provided by state law, including the one way she claimed to be qualified: to have a four-year degree plus one year of death investigation experience. Ronnie Sabb of Sabb Law Group brought up the fact that Samuels-Cooper had registered for a class at St. Louis University. However, the ABMDI is no longer affiliated with St. Louis University, and Sabb asserted no information was provided about where to take courses to qualify you for the ABMDI process. It was again pointed out, there aren’t courses that qualify a person for ABMDI certification. It is a certification board, which requires a specific set of qualifications. Gast left the stand at 3:37 p.m. At this point, Cothran recessed the court for the day. Cothran gave Tyson until Tuesday at close of business to provide a response to the motion made by Sabb at 9:45 a.m. This motion requested the case be dismissed because Mock failed to file a protest with the Democratic Party. Cothran had previously ruled it is highly possible the issue of when Samuels-Cooper filed may be related to that case ruling. However, the question of her qualifications to be coroner may still fall under Cothran’s authority. Cothran will rule on the motion on Wednesday. If he rules to dismiss both points, Mock would have the option to sue again. However, if he rules all or part of the case should continue, the case will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on July 27 when Samuels-Cooper may take the stand as a witness. Manning Times will provide more information as it becomes available.