Jail inmate's death ruled homicide

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 7:56 AM

EVERETT, Wash.  -- The Snohomish County medical examiner has ruled that the September death of an Everett, Wash., man in the county jail was a homicide.

The medical examiner's office said Thursday that 59-year-old Bill Williams died of heart problems after a struggle with jail staff.

The Daily Herald reports that police say Williams had been shocked twice with a stun gun just minutes before he died Sept. 14.

The death has been under review by the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, a group of homicide detectives who handle officer-involved deaths.

The homicide finding simply means that a person died as a result of another's actions.

Prosecutors are expected to decide whether the actions constitute a crime or were legally justified.

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