On Monday, December 19, 2011, a judge ruled that Zachery Tims cause of death will be made known to the public.
In October, Madeline Tims, the late pastor’s mother, sued the city of New York and the medical examiner’s office to keep Tims’ cause of death sealed to the public. In a motion filed in October and a court appearance November 23, the toxicology reports were temporary held.
Justice Cynthia S. Kern said city officials can release the information on what killed pastor Zachery Tims and the information will soon be revealed.
The late pastor of New Destiny Christian Center (NDCC) was found dead in his New York hotel room on August 12. Initial autopsy reports were inconclusive. Toxicology reports were then taken but never released to the public.
According to The Christian Post, Kern stated there was no explicit statute barring the medical examiner from releasing the cause and manner of death. “This court declares that, upon public inquiry, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner may release cause and manner of death in the cases it handles.”
Senior Counsel with the City’s Administrative Law Department, Ava Maria Brennan said, “The Medical Examiner has historically released the cause and manner of death upon public inquiry, and we are gratified that the Court agreed that this important practice complies with the law.”
Zachery Tims cause of death can be released in as little as 48 hours.
Since Tims death, the NDCC congregation has lived in grief and mourning over the loss of their founding pastor.
Many unanswered questions lingered in the shadow of his passing. This news regarding the release of information over the cause and manner of death will finally give those answers after months of speculation.
During the past several months NDCC has welcomed guest teaching pastors. Yet the Apopka Florida church has still not filled the position for a leading pastor. They are expected to announce a new pastor on New Year’s Day. In a notice sent earlier this month they said, “We will have our New Year’s Church Service on Sunday, January 1, with our new pastor.”