Coroner: Wife of Midlands doctor autopsy results still pending, natural death ruled out


LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WACH)-- According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, the autopsy results of the wife of a Midlands doctor are still pending.

On May 3, Vanessa Biery was found unresponsive just after 7 a.m. in her Hunter's Mill Drive home. Her husband, Dr. Adam Lazzarini called 911 to report that his wife was not responsive.

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According to the coroner, during the official autopsy at MUSC there was no apparent evidence found to indicate that the 43-year-old's death was natural.

Attorney's for Dr. Lazzarini made claims that Mrs. Biery's death was "most likely" due to natural causes however Coroner Fisher says those reports are not official and is still pending further studies from toxicology testing.

In a statement Corner Fisher said, "due to the lack of an obvious cause of death, further studies, including toxicology testing, are being performed in order to determine the definitive cause of Mrs. Biery’s death."

The same day of his wife's death, Lazzarini turned himself into the Lexington County Detention Center and was formally charged with involuntary manslaughter and obstruction of justice in connection with a 2017 shooting that killed a salesman.

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On Oct. 9 officers responded to the same home where they found 30-year-old William Holland who had been shot in the chest. Officers with the Cayce Department of Public Safety say Lazzarini was under the influence when he "fired a handgun that he had pointed at the victim's chest which caused the victim's death."

Lazzarini appearned in bond court where the judge placed a $230,000 surety bond on him for the manslaughter charge and a $20,000 surety bond on the obstruction of justice charge.

The judge also said he must have GPS and alcohol monitoring and is now allowed to have any contact with any family members of the deceased.

Lazzarini was an orthopedic surgeon with more than 10 years of experience in hip arthroscopy, including management of labral tears, tendon injuries and impingement.

According to Lazzarini's lawyer, his medical license was suspended by the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners after he was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

A spokesperson with the Lexington Medical Center says, Lazzarini is still on leave, though his lawyers believe he has "his scrubs ready and clean" and is "ready to get back in the operating room."

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