WA man who fought intruder could face charge
Monday, December 26, 2011
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A 67-year-old man could face a manslaughter charge after restraining a 23-year-old suspected thief who died in the confrontation.
The Daily Herald reports that Dylan Thomas Jones died from asphyxiation due to compression of the neck.
Authorities say Jones had apparently entered the older man's property last summer to steal a boat motor. The man then confronted Jones and the two men struggled.
When deputies arrived, Jones was unresponsive and was declared dead at the scene.
The newspaper reported Tuesday that Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Ed Stemler says his office will evaluate the sheriff's office investigation and decide whether charges will be filed.
The boat owner said he held down Jones to detain him for police after the two exchanged punches.
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com