Lubbock State School death ruled as homicide - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/21/09

Lubbock State School death ruled as homicide

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Friday the final autopsy results were released from the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office and indicate a Lubbock State School death as a homicide. Michael Nicholson, 45, was a resident at the Lubbock State School. Nicholson died on June 6th after a physical altercation with state school staff.

The Lubbock County Medical Examiner says that he was aware Nicholson had erratic behavior. In the autopsy it was reported that there was a period of time that Nicholson's head and neck were hyper flexed, during the altercation. There were several bruises and lacerations on Nicholson's body. The cause of death is noted as a physical altercation with a period of asphyxia.

"Mr. Nicholson had a history of psychiatric behavioral problems with episodes of combated behavior. Since the death occurred during a physical altercation, between individuals, the manner of death is classified as a homicide," said Medical Examiner Sridhar Natarajan.

Friday morning Lubbock Police presented a case to the District Attorney's Office for manslaughter. Now, it is up to them to determine what charges if any will be filed. At this time no suspects have been identified.

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