Baier autopsy final results released
Sep 05, 2012 | 2545 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office ruled traumatic asphyxiation and manual strangulation to be the causes of death of Howard J. Baier.

Baier, 39, of Aurora, struggled with Jimmy Lynn Filbeck, 51, also of Aurora on July 24. When deputies from the Marshall County Sheriff's Department arrived at Filbeck's home after receiving calls of a disturbance, they found Baier dead.

Chief Deputy David Maddox said previously the two men did not appear to know each other.

After the fight, Sheriff Kevin Byars referred to The Castle Doctrine, which under KRS.503.080, gives property owners the right to defend themselves and their property in Kentucky as a possible reason for the fight.

According to a Sheriff's Department press release, the final autopsy report concluded the asphyxiation and strangulation were consistent to statements given by Filbeck on the evening of the incident. The investigation showed that Filbeck may have attempted to restrain Baier until deputies arrived at the scene.

While the Sheriff's Department has not charged Filbeck with any offense related to the incident, the matter will be presented to a Marshall County grand jury on Sept. 13 to consider charges of second degree manslaughter.
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