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Questions remain in Paschal death investigation

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The investigation into Paschal's February death continues. The medical examiner could not determine whether it was suicide or murder.

Four people questioned, but never charged, had probation hearings Friday related to a robbery from the same night Paschal's body was found.

Tracey Atwood, Tracy Jo Walker, and Brandon Aman testified they were all together when Aman fought Charles Woodson and his phone was taken from his room at the Knight's Inn February 18th.

That was the same day Dr. Tommy Paschal's body was discovered inside his home.

Prosecutors say the three were associates of the well known former pediatrician, and the robbery by force charges came out of his death investigation.

"[The case] is still ongoing and we are still trying to move forward once we get the forensic results back from this investigation," said District Attorney Greg Edwards .

One of the women, Tracey Atwood, has a history with Dr. Paschal. She was arrested for shooting at him during an argument in Lee County. Deputies found drug bottles bearing Paschal's name and arrested him as well at the time.

But Police have not said that Atwood is involved in his death.

On Friday, Atwood, Walker, and Aman all admitted violating their probation by not taking drug tests or technical violations.

Woodson testified about the robbery by force, but Prosecutors admitted that the evidence only reflected a theft case.

What was clear was the three along with David Hodge were together that night.

Judge Denise Marshall revoked their probations, and ordered them to continue substance abuse counseling in jail for another year. Meanwhile, the Paschal death investigation continues.

"Drugs may be at the issue here, but certainly the investigation itself must be built upon the evidence that we can develop from forensics and direct evidence from other sources," said Edwards.

Coroner Michael Fowler says the medical examiner can't say if Dr. Tommy Paschal's death was suicide, homicide, or an accident.

"It is ruled as undetermined due to the fact that we don't have enough evidence to point toward one or the other manner of death," said Fowler.

While prosecutors and Investigators are waiting on the results of the GBI Crime Lab, the three will remain in jail.

None of these three people have been charged in anyway in Dr Paschal's death.

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