- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - New information from the medical examiner’s office has led to a murder charge against a man who had been charged only with assault in the death of an acquaintance in Spokane.

The medical examiner’s office found that 46-year-old Edward Weed had been strangled and ruled the death a homicide.

Michael E. Harmon had told police he fought with Weed in October at his home and returned several days later to find him dead.

The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1GuPYyA) the Spokane County medical examiner initially told investigators the injuries from the fight - a broken nose and facial cuts - would not have been enough to kill Weed. After further investigation last month, it was determined Weed was strangled.

Harmon pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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