Joan Wood dies - Her life was never the same after Lisa McPherson case

  • Joan Wood

Former Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner Dr. Joan Wood's death was noted on page 8B of the St. Petersburg Times Metro section on Wednesday that takes up all of six paragraphs.

The brief obituary notes her involvement regarding the death of Lisa McPherson, the Scientology member whose controversial and tragic death in 1995 laid a black mark on the church, and ultimately, on Dr. Wood herself.

I was fresh to the Tampa Bay area in the spring of 2000 when I covered several days of the criminal trial of the state of Florida against the church, who were charged in November of 1998 with two felony counts in McPherson's death.