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Jurors to consider felonies in Wis. custody death

Published On: Jan 20 2013 02:05:08 AM CST
MILWAUKEE -

A special prosecutor is considering felony charges in connection with the death of a suspect while in Milwaukee police custody.

That's according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which obtained documents filed Friday in Milwaukee courts.

Special prosecutor John Franke plans to ask inquest jurors to consider charges of first- and second-degree reckless homicide and failure to render aid by law enforcement in Derek Williams's death.

Williams died in July 2011 after gasping for breath and begging for help for about eight minutes in a police car.

The inquest is scheduled to begin Feb. 11.

Franke plans to present five days of witnesses, including independent medical experts.

Attorney Robin Shellow, who represents Williams's mother, says the charges proposed by Franke will give jurors a chance to fairly hold officers accountable.

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