Former Albany pediatrician shot dead

2011 photo (Source: Lee Co. Sheriff)
2011 photo (Source: Lee Co. Sheriff)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Crime scene tape still surrounds the home of former Albany pediatrician Tommy Paschal.

The 60-year old Paschal was found dead of a gunshot wound Tuesday night in his 3rd Avenue home, after an anonymous 911 caller suggested police check on him.

Police don't yet know whether his death was suicide, accidental or homicide, but they tell WALB News 10 that his death is suspicious.

"We're investigating this death as a homicide until information is presented otherwise," said Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards. "Like I said, this investigation will include forensic review and also an autopsy of the victim's body."

Paschal was chief of pediatrics at Phoebe Putney Hospital when he suddenly became ill in January 1988.

His wife, Karen, was a nurse. She set up an IV for him at home, but rather than getting better, Paschal got worse and was eventually rushed to the hospital in cardiac arrest.

Doctors revived him and medical tests showed the powerful drug Pavulon in his system.

Karen Paschal was later arrested and pleaded no contest to aggravated assault and was sentenced to 20 years probation.

She no longer lives in South Georgia but did return to Albany in 1994 to host a Christmas party for flood victims.

The Paschals divorced and Dr. Paschal continued to live in the same home in the Rawson Circle area until his death yesterday.

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