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Coroner’s jury rules that a Princeton woman’s death was a suicide

Posted by wlpo on July 6, 2011

An emotional audience listened to investigators and 911 call recordings during an inquest into the death of a woman in Princeton.

46 year old Sharron Wilson was pronounced dead the morning of March 12 after emergency dispatchers received a call from her hysterical ex-boyfriend and roommate, Donald Hotchkiss.  That call was one of several recordings played to a coroner’s jury in Bureau County Court Wednesday.

Princeton Police Detective Barry Portman testified that after an initial examination, Wilson had hanged herself in her garage.  He was backed up by a pathologist who performed an autopsy on Wilson, noting marks around her neck consistent with an electrical cord found in her garage.

Family and friends of Wilson believe Wilson was killed by Hotchkiss, who called the police around midnight claiming that Wilson had punched in the eye.

The coroner’s jury deliberated for about 40 minutes before ruling that Wilson died from asphyxiation from suicide.

Wilson’s family and friends were in the room, dressed in T-shirts reading “Justice for Sharron.”  They had also brought an attorney.

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