News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 4, 2014

No new charges for suspects in beating

Autopsy shows natural death, says coroner


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — An autopsy has determined that Jeremy Salesman, 37, died of natural causes unrelated to a physical altercation in December.

Vigo County Coroner Dr. Susan Amos told the Tribune-Star that Salesman died of a stroke unrelated to the previous trauma he received when he was allegedly beaten by Christopher Pine and James Shafer outside his home on McKeen Avenue.

Both men have been charged with aggravated battery. Prosecutor Terry Modesitt said Wednesday that because of the autopsy results, there will be no additional criminal charges beyond that charge.

Amos explained that the autopsy determined that the stroke was ischemic, meaning that a clot occurred in a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain.

If the stroke had been related to the trauma, she said, it would have been a hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures, she explained. Amos said that Salesman’s family has been made aware of the autopsy findings.

Salesman’s family had reported to police that he had medical complications since the beating in December. He was hospitalized and placed on life support May 24, but died a week later.

Shafer and Pine were recently arrested in the case.

Shafer’s case was transferred Wednesday to Vigo Superior Court 3.

Pine has an Oct. 7 trial date in Vigo Superior Court 6.