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Test results expected soon in teen’s death

State’s attorney will then decide about charges

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

OREGON – Test results that officials hope will shed light into the death of an Oregon teen in August might soon be available.

Winnebago County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Hintz said Tuesday that toxicology and pathology tests could soon be completed in the death of Jonathan Williams.

Williams, 18, died Aug. 11 at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, after he was injured in a fight in the wee hours of Aug. 10 at an underage drinking party in the 800 block of Monroe St., in Oregon.

Hintz said he expects to receive the results soon from the Chicago-area lab conducting the tests on tissue samples taken during Williams’ autopsy.

Ogle County State’s Attorney Michael Rock said Monday that once he receives the test results, he will decide whether anyone will be charged in the case.

“We’re still waiting for the test results,” Rock said. “Once we get those, we will decide if charges will be filed.”

In the meantime, he said, Oregon police are continuing to investigate and follow up on leads.

Because more testing than usual was done during the autopsy, Hintz said, the results have taken longer to come back.

Williams, who would have been a senior at Oregon High School, was an organ donor.

Oregon police were called about 3:15 a.m. Aug. 10 by a neighbor who reported a disturbance outside the Monroe Street home.

At that time, police arrested five teens for underage drinking outside the home and another a block away.

Several more party-goers scattered when police arrived, DeHaan said. Mount Morris police and Ogle County deputies assisted at the scene.

The fight had occurred outside the house before police arrived in the early-morning hours, DeHaan said.

The police who responded to the call did not see Williams, and none of the people there at the time mentioned that he had been injured, he said.

Williams was found unconscious and unresponsive inside the home at 8:19 a.m., after a second 911 call from someone who had spent the night at the home after the party, DeHaan said.

 

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