By now, I’m sure most of you have seen that the Medical Examiner released Ali Ahmed Mohammed’s cause of death following him throwing a brick into the window of Dc9. Not surprisingly in this case, which has been full of confusion and misinformation, the cause of death does not shed much light on what really happened.

Mohammed’s death was classified a homicide. He died of “Excited Delirium Associated With Arrhythmogenic Cardiac Anomalies, Alcohol Intoxication and Physical Exertion With Restraint” according to the Medical Examiner. Not being a coroner, I can’t really tell you exactly what this means, but my Internet research can hopefully give some context.

Excited delirium is a condition that is  normally caused by drug use that leads a person to act with “bizarre and/or aggressive behavior, shouting, paranoia, panic, violence toward others, unexpected physical strength, and hyperthermia.” It can lead to death.

Arrhythmogenic Cardiac Anomalies, as far as I can tell, means that Mohammed had heart complications related to an irregular heartbeat, which contributed to his death. The alcohol intoxication part is pretty self-evident, as is the physical restraint part.

So if his death was classified as a homicide, does that mean that the DC9 employees previously arrested will be charged with murder? Of course, the answer is unclear. The District Attorney’s office released a statement to the effect that they will not re-file charges at this time, but will continue their investigation.

Those with more legal expertise than me have indicated that the results of the toxicology report will matter greatly on any charges that are filed. There is a possibility of second degree murder or manslaughter, but it really remains unclear.

Lastly, will DC9 remain open? ABRA indicated that pending the results of the autopsy report, DC9 may be ordered to close again. I’m not sure if these results merit the bar re-closing, but ABRA did put that caveat in when they let DC9 open.

Apologies for me not posting this when it happened, so it’s not news to many: but all charges have been dropped against the DC9 employees that were accused of aggravated assault in relation to the death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed. This looks pretty bad for MPD, in my mind, they shouldn’t have charged anyone with anything until more details came out. Of course, MPD says this doesn’t mean that the (now former) employees won’t be charged again once the Medical Examiner report comes out.

Also, there were some rumors via their Facebook page that they would reopen this weekend: however, as I reported on DCist: it’s not so. They just did a bad job being clear on their page – they were promoting the opening of Red Palace on H Street NE (same owners).

DC9, courtesy of Kevin H (Flickr)

DC9 had a hearing yesterday to determine the status of its liquor license, which Cathy Lanier suspended after the death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed outside of the bar. The long and short of it is: the liquor license will remain suspended until another hearing December 1st.

However a lot of interesting, and in fact weird, information came out of this hearing. First: none of the men involved in the case work at DC9 anymore (which seems a bit of a moot point: the bar hasn’t been open). Co-owner and manager Bill Spieler resigned, the rest were let go.

Second, the EMT call to Howard University Hospital was played during the hearing. You can hear the audio on TBD (link above). A male EMT says that he is bringing a 45-year-old male in cardiac arrest to the hospital after a bar fight. He also says the victim became unconscious after police arrived on the scene, contradicting an affidavit filed in court that states Mohammed was not responsive when the first officer arrived. But, as you probably know, Mohammed was 27, not 45 – so this call just seems to confuse things further.

What we still don’t know is Mohammed’s official cause of death. It’s been over two weeks since the incident, so we’ve got to wonder what’s taking so long. Though I must say, I’m not sure how long it normally takes to get a report from the medical examiner in regards to someone’s cause of death. UPDATE: I’ve heard from a couple of sources (including a friend who interns at an ME office) that toxicology reports take a few weeks to process. Silly crime procedurals coloring our perception of how things get done in law enforcement.

Well, this isn’t surprising but is still sad to hear. DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has agreed to suspend DC9’s license to serve alcohol until the outcome of a yet to be scheduled hearing. This is of course following the death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed outside of DC9 early Friday morning and the subsequent arrest of 5 DC9 employees in connection with the death.

The 5 defendants were arraigned Saturday morning on aggravated assault charges. Four of the defendants have been released under heightened supervision, which means that they will have curfews and likely wear electronic monitoring devices. The fifth defendant, Reginald Phillips, will likely be released under the same terms once the court verifies he is eligible.

There will be a preliminary hearing regarding the trial on November 11.

The medical examiner has not released the cause of death for the victim, Ali Ahmed Mohammed. The medical examiner should announce a cause of death sometime early next week.

I will update on this story as more information comes out.

I don’t know what to make of this, but Josue Pena, the man who was arrested in the murder of Oscar Fuentes, was found dead in his jail cell. Various news reports are saying he was found hung, and that the official cause of death was cardiac arrest from asphyxiation. Pena’s death is under investigation.

Sad news for U street today. NBC Washington is reporting that Coppi’s co-owner, Nori Amaya, was found dead in her apartment at 3636 16th street (MPD’s 3rd district listerv has information as well). Amaya was just 38, and while MPD does not have this information, NBC Washington claims that the police are investigating the death as a homicide. My thoughts go out to her family and friends.

UPDATE: NBC Washington’s article (link above) is now reporting that “Amaya’s death has been ruled a homicide. The cause of death was determined to be strangulation.” This seems to be unconfirmed by police as far as I can tell. So sad.