- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An outside prosecutor tasked with investigating the death of a St. Johns County deputy’s girlfriend says it doesn’t appear to be a murder.

State Attorney Jeff Ashton in Orlando said Wednesday that new evidence uncovered in Michelle O’Connell’s 2010 death didn’t support a probable cause of homicide.

Ashton’s office was asked by Gov. Rick Scott to look into O’Connell’s death after it was ruled a suicide by detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

The weapon used was her boyfriend’s department-issued handgun.

O’Connell’s family members say she wouldn’t have committed suicide, and they questioned the integrity of the original investigation.


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