About Us

The Marshall County Coroner is the Chief Death Investigator and Clerk for the County.  With training in Medicolegal Death Investigation the Coroners Office is prepared to lead death investigations to the fullest and assist law enforcement investigators.  The Coroner is responsible for determining the identity of a decedent, as well as the cause and manner of death. The Coroners Office must also be notified of the cremation of individuals who die within Marshall County.  The Coroners Office works with the local police departments, Marshall County Sheriffs Department, Alabama State Troopers, Alabama Fire Marshall's Office, Marshall Medical Center South and North, as well as all of the funeral homes within the county.  The Coroner's Office serves under the motto: Seek truth, show compassion.

The office of the coroner serves the living by working on behalf of the deceased to obtain the truth about the circumstances of their death through the following mission:

  • To accurately determine the manner and the cause of death of individuals that die within Marshall County; through a fair, ethical, and competent investigation of the death; performed by qualified and trained individuals, in accordance with the accepted medicolegal death investigation professional standards; ensuring the integrity of the investigation.

  • To assist the bereaved in the loss of a loved one.

  • To earn and hold the trust and respect of the citizens that we are privileged and honored to serve.


As a constitutional officer of the state, the coroner is separate and independent of the county commission and all other local government agencies, but is funded by the Marshall County Commission.

What is a Medicolegal Death Investigator?


The role of the medicolegal death investigator is to investigate any death that falls under the jurisdiction of the medical examiner or coroner, including all suspicious, violent, unexplained and unexpected deaths. The medicolegal death investigator is responsible for the dead person, whereas the local law enforcement jurisdiction is responsible for the scene. The medicolegal death investigator performs scene investigations emphasizing information developed from the decedent and determines the extent to which further investigation is necessary. Medicolegal death investigators should have a combination of education and skills encompassing areas of medicine and law.

Coroners Office Officials

Cody Nugent, Coroner

(256) 568-8900 Ext. 801

Cody was elected Marshall County Coroner in 2018 after serving for over 6 years as a Deputy Coroner.  He has basic certification from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Medicolegal Death Investigation.  He became a licensed Funeral Director in 2011 and a licensed Embalmer in 2013 after graduating from Jefferson State Community College with an Associates in Funeral Service Education.  Cody has extensive hands on experience in death investigation and training as a Medicolegal Death Investigator. 

Cody has training through the Alabama Department of Public Heath in Child Injury & Death Scene Re-construction and Re-enactment, which aids in SUIDI (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigations). 

Laina Nugent, Administration

(256) 568-8900 Ext. 808

Laina Nugent is the wife of Cody and they have one son, Nolan.  Laina serves as the Coroner's Office Administrator.  Laina is tasked with maintaining records and working with the many agencies in the county by meeting their requests for records.  She is also the primary contact for the public and will work to meet the requests of the public.  Laina has over 10 years of office management and medical billing experience.  

Ricky Phillips, PIO/Deputy Coroner

(256) 568-8900 Ext. 802

Has served 30 progressive years in the Public Safety field.  Began service as a volunteer firefighter in 1985, became a licensed EMT in 1989 and a Paramedic in 1993.  Has served in every capacity of the fire service from firefighter to Fire Chief where he currently has been serving with the City of Arab since 2007.  He has 17 years of service as a law enforcement officer, being certified in 2001.  All of his law enforcement career has been in crime scene investigation.  He served the Marshall County District Attorney’s office as the Commander of the Drug Enforcement Unit.  Currently he is an active member of the Marshall County Arson Task Force.

His education includes Gadsden State (EMS Program) in 1993, Huntsville Fire Academy in 1993, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Academy in 2001, and the JSU Center for Applied Forensics (Medicolegal Death Investigation) in 2018    

Stewart Mann, Deputy Coroner

(256) 568-8900 Ext. 803

Stewart Mann is a lifetime resident of Marshall County and currently resides in the Nixon Chapel Community.  Stewart has been married to his wife, Leann, for 15 years, she too is a lifetime resident of Marshall County.  He has been a professional firefighter for 20 years and currently serves as a lieutenant with Guntersville Fire and Rescue.  He became a licensed Emergency Medical Technician in 1997 when he started working for the Marshall Medical Centers ambulance service.  He holds numerous certifications including Firefighter I & II, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, Fire Investigator, and Fire Officer, along with numerous other certifications. 


Stewarts 20 years of experience in Fire and Emergency Medical Services is an invaluable resource to the people of Marshall County as he furthers his training and experience by leading death investigations.   His desire to serve the people of Marshall County is evident in his many years of public service.  He will continue his training in Medicolegal Death Investigation, so he will be able to provide families with the answers they need when a death occurs.

Chris Brock, Chief Deputy Coroner

(256) 568-8900 Ext. 805

Chris was born and raised in Boaz and has lived there all of his life.  He is married to Amber Brock and they have been together since 2004.  He attended Boaz High School where he graduated in 2005.  He attended classes at Snead State and Gadsden State where he first obtained his EMS certification in 2008.  He began his EMS career in Gadsden soon after obtaining his certification in 2008.  He obtained his Advanced EMT certification in 2011 .  He began working for Marshall Medical Centers EMS in 2012 and has been with this service since.  He has volunteered with Beulah VFD since 2008 where he has served in an officer capacity for the last 8 years.  He has taken numerous incident command classes, haz-mat awareness and operations, and certified volunteer fire fighter through the Alabama Fire College.  

Cody Gore, Deputy Coroner

(256) 568-8900 Ext. 807

As a licensed funeral director Cody has been serving families of Marshall County, Jackson County, DeKalb County, and the surrounding areas since 2008. He also holds the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Cody worked for many years as a Deputy Coroner for the DeKalb County Coroner's Office. He also serves with the Family Assistance Center of the State Mortuary Operation Response Team. After graduating from Geraldine High School, he attended Northeast Alabama Community College, Jacksonville State University, and Jefferson State Community College. Cody lives in the Swearengin community with his wife, Kelsy and son, Greyson. They are members of Oak Grove Holiness Church.