- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - The prosecutor in Winston-Salem says a black man who died in police custody last year had health problems that were largely responsible for his death.

District Attorney Jim O’Neill told local media outlets Monday that four white Winston-Salem police officers were not responsible for the death of 31-year-old Travis Nevelle Page last December.

The city released body-camera footage Monday from three of the police officers involved in the case, Cpl. Robert Fenimore and Officers Christopher Doub and Austin Conrad. The fourth officer, Jacob Tuttle, was a trainee and did not have a body camera.

City officials and The Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity had asked that the video be released as soon as possible after Page died. O’Neill had refused earlier because of the ongoing investigation.

Police Chief Barry Rountree said the officers will remain on administrative duty until he reviews an internal investigation. He expects them to be returned to duty next week.



Page died Dec. 9 after he had been arrested by the four officers.

Forsyth County medical examiner Dr. Anna McDonald said Page died from an irregular heartbeat due to an enlarged heart in the setting of physical restraint.

Just before Page was placed in custody, he had run, then tripped and fallen into a ditch.

“In this particular case, you cannot parse out how much of his death was due to natural causes, how much is due to exertion from running and falling, and how much is due to physical restraint, so therefore, it has been determined an undetermined manner of death,” McDonald said.

O’Neill said he and McDonald discussed the findings with Page’s mother earlier Monday.

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