EMT accused of posting corpse photo

June 4, 2009 12:54:26 PM PDT
Prosecutors say an EMT took a cell-phone photo of a corpse while working a crime scene and posted it on Facebook. Mark Musarella was awaiting arraignment Thursday on an official misconduct charge. Defense lawyer Edward J. Pavia Jr. says Musarella will plead not guilty.

Pavia says the photo was posted by accident, and Musarella is sorry.

Musarella was working for Richmond University Medical Center on March 30 and responded to an emergency call on Staten Island. The victim, Caroline Wimmer, was found strangled with her hair dryer.

Prosecutors say Musarella snapped a picture of Wimmer's body and posted the image on his page on the social networking Web site.

Musarella faces up to a year in jail if convicted. The private hospital has fired him.


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