Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Indy man who choked daughter's attacker to death won't face charges

A convicted sex offender who broke into the house a family rented from his uncle and was restrained by a 17 year old’s father until he choked to death died from a combination of strangulation and heart trouble, according to the Marion County coroner's office yesterday.

David Meyers, 52, broke into the NW Indianapolis home of Robert McNally, 64 around 3:20 Am Sunday, wearing only latex gloves and a a mask. Meyers also carried rope, condoms, and a knife when he broke into McNally’s 17 year old daughter’s bedroom. The girl screamed, and McNally wrapped his arm around Meyer’s neck until he died.

McNally is unlikely to face charges because he apparently used reasonable force to protect his daughter and himself, said Matthew Symons, spokesman for the Marion County prosecutor.
"We will do a standard review that we do in all such situations," Symons said.

An autopsy determined Meyers' cause of death to be asphyxia by strangulation with contributing cardiovascular disease, said Marchele Hall, the coroner's office manager.

McNally, who rented from Meyer’s uncle, called the incident “a lose-lose situation” and felt sorry for the offender’s family. He even asked to attend Meyer’s funeral. Meyer was convicted of criminal confinement and criminal deviate conduct in 1998. He lived with his mother a few hundred feet away from the McNally’s.

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