Medical examiner completes work in DC9 case
The D.C. medical examiner's office said it has determined the cause and manner of death of the man who died two months ago outside the popular DC9 nightclub in a controversial incident involving four employees and a co-owner of the bar.
But the autospy findings will not be made public until the dead man's family is formally notified of the results, a spokeswoman for the office said Friday.
Ali Ahmed Mohammed, 27, of Silver Spring, died Oct. 15 after allegedly throwing at least one brick through the front window of the club, in the 1900 block of Ninth Street NW. Police said Mohammed was then chased by the five men and died after a physical encounter with them on the street.
The five men -- including then-co-owner William Spieler, who has since disassociated himself from the club -- initially were charged with second-degree murder in what Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier called a "savage" case of "vigilante justice." The charges were later dismissed, however, because the medical examiner's office could not immediately determine the cause and manner of Mohammed's death.
Beverly Fields, a spokeswoman for the office, said Friday that pathologists and lab technicians finished their work on the case this week. But before the results are made public, she said, several procedural steps must be taken, including the official filing of a death certificate and the notification of Mohammed's family.
Mohammed's father, Ahmed Goltchu Mohammed, said Friday morning that he had not yet been contacted by the medical examiner's office. In every case, there are four possible manners of death: homicide, suicide, accidental and natural causes. Within each category, there are innumerable possible causes of death.
Although criminal charges in the case were dismissed because of the intial lack of autopsy findings, authorities said they would not be legally barred from refiling charges if new information warranted such a move.
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