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Doctor waives hearing in corpse-abuse case

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A Lancaster County doctor is headed to court on charges he abused a corpse and tampered with evidence in a suspicious death case.

Dr. John M. Yelcick, 48, of Manheim Township, waived his preliminary hearing last week and allowed the charges to proceed to Lancaster County Court, according to court documents.

The charges stem from the death of 43-year-old David Sellers of York, whose body was found last month in the passenger seat of a car in a North York parking lot.

According to the criminal complaint, Yelcick and Sellers had engaged in sex acts at Yelcick's home on Sept. 13 and Yelcick later awoke and found Sellers unresponsive.

Yelcick told police that he attempted CPR, and when that failed he suspected Sellers had narcotics and did not want to get into trouble for having drugs in his home, the complaint states.

He said he dressed the body, drove to North York in Seller's car, and hitchhiked home after leaving the body in the Messiah Church parking lot at the corner of N. Beaver and W. 10th streets, the document states.

Sellers's body was found four days later. The cause and manner of his death are pending results of toxicology tests.

Yelcick, who was chairman of the pathology department at Lancaster General Hospital, has been placed on administrative leave.

His formal arraignment in Lancaster County Court is scheduled Nov. 22.


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