OMI rules police custody death as homicide

August 14, 2013 • State News

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The Office of the Medical Investigator has classified the death of a man who was in the custody of Roswell police as a homicide.

The Roswell Daily Record reports ( the autopsy [auth] results for 34-year-old Cody Towler were released Friday. Towler died Feb. 5.

Police were initially called in response to a disorderly person. At the time, authorities said Towler was found beating on a trash can with a baton.

The autopsy report says officers used three Tasers in an attempt to subdue Towler. He had scrapes and bruises on his face, right arm, left hand and legs and some bleeding around his brain.

Toxicology tests revealed Towler had methamphetamines in his system.

Police Chief Al Solis says he hasn’t reviewed the findings yet and couldn’t comment because of possible litigation.

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