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Sat May 8, 2010

Medical Examiner Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. judge refuses to suppress indictment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma County judge has denied a motion to suppress a sexual battery indictment against the former chief investigator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

District Judge Lisa Davis on Friday denied a motion to quash the indictment against 44-year-old Kevin Rowland. The decision means Rowland's trial will start as scheduled on May 24.

Rowland was indicted by a multicounty grand jury last year. He is accused of touching a male co-worker inappropriately. Prosecutors allege Rowland's conduct was lewd and calculated to arouse the victim's sexual interests.

Rowland's attorney, Scott Adams, asked Davis to quash the indictment. Adams says Rowland's actions were just horseplay between co-workers and did not rise to the level of criminal conduct.