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Drugs killed Calif. inmate, not TASER

Coroner's report lists 'acute methamphetamine toxicity' as the primary cause of death


By Sarah Burge
The Press Enterprise

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CAlif. — Methamphetamine was the primary cause of the July 2009 death of a 27-year-old man who was repeatedly shocked with a stun gun by deputies, according to a report from the Riverside County sheriff-coroner's office.

Jonathan Michael Nelson, of Rancho Cucamonga, died July 30, 2009, after a struggle with deputies at the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley.

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