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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Body Bag Moved

CoffinWalter Williams was pronounced dead March 13, for the second time. "They came and got him again around 4:15 a.m., " explained Williams' nephew. Dexter Howard, the coroner who first declared Williams dead on February 26, stated that Williams had no pulse. Following his declaration that Walter Williams was deceased, he finished his paperwork, and placed Williams in a body bag. Williams was then transferred to a funeral home where the body bag began moving. Howard explained, "We got him into the embalming room, and we noticed his legs beginning to move, like kicking." Additionally, he noticed breathing. The paramedics were immediately called. When the paramedics arrived, they checked Williams' heartbeat and found that he was in fact alive and brought him to the Holmes County Hospital and Clinics. Now, Williams, 78, has died of natural causes. 

See Dana Ford, Mississippi Man Who Awoke in Body Bag Dies Two Weeks Later, CNN, Mar. 13, 2014.

Special thanks to Adam J. Hirsh (University of San Diego Professor of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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