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76-year-old homicide victim showed signs of strangulation, blunt force injuries

76-year-old homicide victim showed signs of strangulation, blunt force injuries

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A 76-year-old man who was found dead in his apartment in April showed signs of manual strangulation and blunt force injuries during an autopsy conducted the day after his body was found, according to another search warrant unsealed in the case on Wednesday.

According to the search warrant, which largely mirrors other search warrants in the case that were unsealed on Monday, Dr. Agnieszka Rogalska of the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that Larry Ewing, who was found dead in his Sheboygan Avenue apartment on April 18, died from “homicidal violence.”

But the warrant, originally filed on April 23, also states that Rogalska saw signs during the autopsy of strangulation and blunt force trauma to Ewing’s body, but does not go into any additional detail about the cause of his death.

The warrants unsealed on Monday state that when a neighbor found Ewing in his apartment after not having seen him for a few days, Ewing’s hands had each been placed in a dish containing bleach, and his apartment had been ransacked.

The earlier warrants said that items belonging to Ewing, including jewelry, were sold for cash at an East Side business by Dennis Hassel, 55, who is currently in custody in the Dane County Jail on a possible probation violation.

Hassel was wearing a GPS tracking device on his ankle as part of his probation, and data from the device tracked Hassel’s movements on April 15 to Ewing’s apartment building, and then to Rick’s Olde Gold on Williamson Street, where he sold items that included a distinctive blue-faced watch that was identified by a friend of Ewing’s as having belonged to him.

The Dane County District Attorney’s Office is considering a possible first-degree intentional homicide charge against Hassel.The search warrant unsealed on Wednesday sought photographs of Hassel’s entire body, fingernail scrapings and a blood or saliva for DNA analysis. All were collected.

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