Medical examiner: Dexter Williams died from asphyxia, drug intoxication

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A medical examiner says Dexter Williams died from asphyxia and combined drug intoxication. Williams was with former KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins at the time of his death.

    Maumelle Police Department Press Release:

    "Regarding Maumelle Police Department case #11-4587-OF documenting the sudden death of Dexter Williams, Associate Medical Examiner Frank J. Peretti, M.D. has officially listed the manner of death as undetermined. Dr. Peretti noted the cause of death as Asphyxia along with significant findings of Acute Combined Methamphetamine and Amphetamine Intoxication. There was no finding of strangulation listed on the Cause of Death report.

    Once it is completed, the Maumelle Police Department will turn over the investigative file to the Pulaski County Prosecutors Office who will determine what, if any, charges can/should be filed."

    Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley tells Today's THV that it's too soon in the investigation to determine whether or not to file charges.

    Definitions from Merriam Webster

    Asphyxia: a lack of oxygen or excess of carbon dioxide in the body that results in unconsciousness and often death and is usually caused by interruption of breathing or inadequate oxygen supply.

    Strangulation: the action or process of strangling or strangulating
    2: the state of being strangled or strangulated; especially : excessive or pathological constriction or compression of a bodily tube (as a blood vessel or a loop of intestine) that interrupts its ability to act as a passage.


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