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December 11, 2013

Jury returns split verdict in Ross assault case

TERRE HAUTE — A Vigo County jury has found James Madison Ross IV not guilty of involuntary manslaughter but guilty of battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Ross had been charged with the class-C felonies in connection with the Jan. 8 death of William Powell, 48. An autopsy determined that Powell died as a result of acute bacterial peritonitis due to a rupture of his small intestine caused by blunt force trauma.

Ross will be sentenced Jan. 10.

See Thursday’s Tribune-Star and revisit www.tribstar.com for more on the final day of the trial, which took place in Vigo County Superior Court 1 this week.

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