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Sep 10, 2013 6:53 PM by AP, PHOTO: MGN ONLINE

Medical examiner in Trayvon Martin autopsy fired

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An attorney for the medical examiner in the George Zimmerman case whose testimony was challenged by defense attorneys says his client plans to sue for wrongful termination after being fired.

Shiping Bao was let go as an associate medical examiner in Florida's Volusia County last week, officials disclosed Tuesday. County spokesman Dave Byron declined to give a reason.

Bao performed Trayvon Martin's autopsy in February 2012 and offered conflicting testimony at Zimmerman's murder trial last July about how long the 17-year-old Martin could have lived after being shot in a struggle with the former neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges.

Bao's attorney, Willie E. Gary, said he plans to file suit shortly for wrongful termination, discrimination and job harassment against the medical examiner's office and others.

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