Coroner’s inquest into Murray resident death rescheduled

MARION COUNTY — A coroner’s inquest into the death of a 46-year-old resident of the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia has been postponed until 7 p.m. Thursday, November 12th.

(Source: Marion County Coroner's Office)
(Source: Marion County Coroner’s Office)

Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon had originally scheduled the inquest for November 5th, into the death Todd Clementz, but a scheduling conflict with a court stenographer has required it to be postponed.

Clementz died March 30th of this year when he collapsed after a shower at the Murray Center. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The inquest will take place in Courtroom two of the Marion County Courthouse, at which time a coroner’s standing jury or panel will be presented evidence and will hear witness testimony regarding the death of Clementz.

According to Cannon, the panel can also ask questions of witnesses before they recess for deliberations and return a finding on the manner of death. He says there are five manners of death possible in an inquest, accidental, homicide, suicide, natural and undetermined.

Coroner’s inquests used to be required by law, but now are convened at the coroner’s discretion. In addition to the Marion County Coroner’s Office, the Illinois State Police and the Office of the Inspector General have conducted investigations into Clementz’ death, which have included toxicology tests, an autopsy and more.