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Preliminary autopsy says tasers did not kill Albany man

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –A man who died in the backseat of a Dougherty County police car, did not die because he was tased.

A GBI autopsy preliminary report indicates that cocaine killed 36 year old Denevious Thomas.

The three Dougherty County Police officers involved in Thomas' arrest and death remain on paid administrative leave.

The G-B-I is still awaiting final toxicology reports from Thomas' autopsy, but the medical examiner's preliminary report says there were no marks on Thomas' body from the officer's tasers, and was not the reason for his death.

The GBI is still awaiting final toxicology results, but the medical examiner was clear about the cause of Denevious Thomas' death.

G-B-I Special Agent in Charge Mark Pro said "It was more than likely a result of cocaine ingestion."

Around 2 am November 23rd Thomas crashed his car into this brick wall outside a home on Sunny Lane and Jeffries Avenue, jumped out and ran.

Dougherty County Police Officers tased Thomas twice, handcuffed and put him in the back of a patrol car, where he died.

 Pro said "We do know that from individuals who were with him during the night that he had ingested cocaine prior to being stopped by the Police officers."

Witnesses say Thomas kept getting up after being tased by officers, and Investigators believe Thomas' clothing insulated him from the tasers full effect. There were no trauma marks on Thomas' body according to the preliminary report.

Officer Lynn Davis, Officer Matt Stone, and Supervisor Lt. Mike Wood are on paid leave, while the Investigation continues.

Pro said "At this point we are gathering information from his history with the Dougherty County jail and his medical history. And we're talking to family members also."

G-B-I AGENTS say when their report is finished, it will be submitted to District Attorney Greg Edwards, who will decide if the officers will face any charges.

We tried to contact the family of Denevious Thomas this afternoon, but were unable to. The G-B-I says they hope to have those final toxicology reports in 2 or 3 weeks, and then will submit their findings to District Attorney Greg Edwards.

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek said he hopes all three officers will be back on the job next week.

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