New York City police kicked down the door of an apartment belonging to
Alberta Spruill, 57, after tossing a stun grenade inside. They
handcuffed the city employee, who then suffered a heart attack and
died within an hour Later police explained they thought the apartment
belonged to a drug dealer, who turned out to live in a different unit
in the same building and had been arrested four days earlier. The
woman's death was ruled a homicide.
When the body of Phillip W. Wine Lewis Jr., 40, was found in a pool of
blood at his home in Fredericksburg, Va., investigators concluded from
drugs, drug paraphernalia, and other evidence on the scene that he had died
of a drug overdose, and the medical examiner decided not to bother with an
autopsy. Later, a tip from a jail inmate led authorities to exhume the
remains and perform an autopsy. They found four bullet wounds, changed the
cause of death to murder, and immediately arrested a suspect.