After a medical examiner ruled the death of a cancer patient as “suspicious,” local police have opened an investigation of the death.
Mark Ober, State Attorney of Hillsborough County’s 13th Judicial District, has filed a motion to disclose medical records of Hermon Biddines, 65, who died Nov. 4.
The motion comes after the University of South Florida Police Department opened a criminal investigation into Biddines death.
The motion outlines the grounds for the disclosure.
Biddines was a patient at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, a Tampa nonprofit which treats cancer patients and conducts research.
In the suit, there was suspicion surrounding the circumstances of his death. To investigate the death further, USF police required access to Biddines’ medical records, such as his medical records concerning the diagnosis and treatment and his prescription history from Nov. 1 to Nov. 7, including security footage from interactions with Biddines and Publix Pharmacy staff at Moffitt.
Neither the hospital nor pharmacy obtained permission of disclosure from Biddines before his death.
Biddines left behind Sheila Walker Biddines, his wife of 34 years. Hermon filed for divorce in June 2016, however, at the time of his death, the case was still open.
A hearing was held Nov. 21, five days after the motion was filed. Information on the outcome is pending.