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Homicide Case Against Capitol Rioters in Doubt After Autopsy Finds Officer Died of Natural Causes

HeadlineApr 20, 2021

The Washington, D.C., chief medical examiner has ruled that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes. The 42-year-old officer died on January 7, one day after the Capitol insurrection. In March, federal agents arrested two men for attacking Sicknick with a chemical spray on January 6. The ruling is expected to dampen efforts to pursue homicide charges in his death.

Meanwhile, a federal judge has ordered two leaders of the far-right Proud Boys to remain in jail while they await trial for their involvement in the January 6 insurrection. The ruling reversed an earlier decision to release Ethan Nordean and Joseph Biggs from pretrial detention. Nordean is from Washington state, and Biggs is from Florida.

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