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No criminal charges in organ-harvest case

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) — A prosecutor said Tuesday no criminal charges will be filed against doctors accused of taking vital organs from a suicide victim without making sure he was legally dead.

District Attorney Tom Raynes said he agreed with a panel of experts who concluded William Rardin, 31, was legally brain dead before doctors harvested his organs for transplant last month.

County Coroner Mark Young last week ruled Rardin died from "removal of his internal organs by an organ recovery team." He said two western Colorado hospitals failed to properly declare the man brain dead before his heart and other organs were removed.