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Coroner To Resuming Police Slaying Inquests

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The coroner in Las Vegas says public reviews of police slayings will resume May 3 with an inquest into the August 2010 death of a 21-year-old motorist during a confrontation with Nevada Highway Patrol troopers and Henderson police.

Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy said Friday that after more than a year of legal challenges, county lawyers cleared him to schedule the fact-finding inquiry of Eduardo Lopez-Hernandez’s death.

Medical examiners determined Lopez-Hernandez died of cardio-pulmonary arrest while being restrained during a traffic stop on U.S. 95.

Murphy has 18 inquest cases pending — amid court challenges by police of revisions made to the process in 2010.

Now, instead of deciding whether a death was justified, a seven-member jury will answer questions posed by interested parties and approved by a judge.

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