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Ben Berkenbile Inquest

Ben Berkenbile Inquest

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RE:BENJAMINR.BERKENBILE
6115/21111
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INQUESTHEARINGFORTHEOFFICEOFMADISONCOUNTYCORONERSTEPHENP.NONNCONDUCTEDATTHEMADISONCOUNTYCOURTHOUSEEDWARDSVILLE,ILLINOIS62025ONJUNE15TH,2011
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MembersofthejuryHIEFINVESTIGATORandotherspresent,thisisacoroner'sinquesthearingintothedeathofBenjaminR.Berkenbile,awhitemale,aged27years,lateofWorden,Illinois62097,whowaspronounceddeadonTuesday,April12th,2011at12:05p.m.bySupervisoryInvestigatorDeborahB.23vonNidaatthedecedent'shome.Pleasebemindfulthat24thisisneitheracivilnoracriminaltrialprocedurebut
 
INRE:BENJAMIN
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1merelyaninquestintothecircumstancessurroundingthis2man'sdeath.3We'llnowcallasawitnessSupervisory4InvestigatorDeborahB.vonNidatocomeforwardand5presenttestimonyinthecausenowbeforeus.6(WHEREUPON,THEWITNESSWASSWORN)
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Q.(ByChiefInvestigator
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Pleasestateyour8name,rank,anddepartmentfortherecord.
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A.I'mDeborahB.vonNida.I'mSupervisory10InvestigatorfortheMadisonCountyCoroner'soffice.
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Q.Anddirectingyourattentiontothedeathof12BenjaminBerkenbile,wouldyoupleasedescribeforthejury13thecoroner'sinvestigationintothisman'sdeath?14A.Yes.Initially,Iwasatfirearmstraining15andane-mailwassenttomeviaBlacY~erry.Didn'tfeel16it,didn'thearit,soIdidnotresponduntilalittlebit17later.18Whileenroutetothescene,Ispoketothe19Sheriff'sDepartment.Iwastoldthatthiswashighly20likelyadrugoverdose.Sowhilegoingtotheaddress,I21notifiedourcoroner'spathologistaswellasatransport22sowecoulddoanautopsyonthedecedentatalatertime.23WhenIarrivedattheaddress,Imetwiththe24MadisonCountySheriff'sDepartmentLieutenantMikeDixon,
www.midwestlitigation.comMIDWESTLITIGATIONSERVICESPhone:1.800.280.3376Fax:314.644.1334
 
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1andheledmetothedownstairsareaofatwo-story2residence.Thedecedentwasseeninthebathroomina3standing-likefashion,buthewasleanedoverthesink4basinwithhisheadtouchingthemirror.Sohenever5actuallyfelldown.Itwasalmostlikehestoodandjust
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leanedforward.Asyringewasseenintherighthand.7Lividitywasfixedandconsistentwiththeposition.Rigor8mortiswasdifficulttobreak.Andseeingnosignsof9life,Ididpronouncedeathat12:05
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11Berkenbile,27yearsofage.HewasbornAugust16thof121983anddidliveatthataddressat...............He13wasawhitemalewhodidappeartobeofhisstatedage,1427,approximately72incheslongandapproximately15300pounds.Hewasnotwearingashirt,andhewasdressed16inapairofjeans,belt,briefs,andnojewelrywasworn,17andtherewasnoobvioussignsoftraumaatthattime.18Thecounteronthebathroom,thebasinthere,19therewasaspoonwithaliquidandawhitepowdery20substance.Alighterwasnearby.Andthestopperforthe21basinwasupandthefaucetwasoff.Thebasinwas22half-filledwithwater.23Atthatpoint,Iwentupstairstospeaktothe24decedent'sfather,whoisaphysician.Hisnamewas
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