CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. Dr. William Sybers, the former medical examiner for the 14th Judicial Circuit who was the focus of a 2001 murder trial of his wife, Kay in 1991, died from a long bout with lung cancer on Saturday. He was 81 years old.
Sybers’ death comes 11 years after he said he reluctantly accepted a plea agreement for manslaughter in the death of Kay Sybers, a deal he said he took because of his failing health and a desire to avoid a second trial. He maintained his innocence throughout the process, including the day he entered his plea in 2003. He said there was no way he would go back to prison.
Kay Sybers died May 30, 1991, in the Sybers’ Panama City home. FDLE was the first of several agencies which suspected foul play. Six years later Dr. Sybers was indicted for firstr degree murder which alleged his killed his wife with a poison injection. He was the district’s medical examiner at the time of his wife’s death.
He died at his home in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Sybers is survived by his wife, Judy, and children Dr. William A. Sybers Jr., and Jennifer McShane, and stepsons Brad Ray and Shaun Ray.