Megalyn Echikunwoke joins 'CSI: Miami'

Actress to play recurring role as medical examiner

Megalyn Echikunwoke ("The 4400") is joining "CSI: Miami" as a recurring character.

On CBS' veteran forensic drama, she will play a medical examiner who makes a good first impression with Lt. Horatio Caine and his team of CSIs.

Echikunwoke is expected to at least partially fill the void left by the departure of Khandi Alexander, who played Miami-Dade medical examiner Dr. Alexx Woods since the launch of the show in 2002.

Alexander still may return for guest appearances.