St. Louis Public Radio News
12:49 pm
Tue June 10, 2003

Coroner Will Hold Second Hearing on ESL City Mgr. Death

East St. Louis, ILL – The debate over the cause of East St. Louis City Manager Harvey Henderson's death will continue with a second coroner's inquest.

St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone says he'll have another hearing. Last October, a coroner's jury decided there wasn't enough evidence to declare Henderson's death an accident or a homicide.

The hearing will give the Illinois State Police a second chance to prove Henderson's death was an accident.

Henderson died after falling from a bridge last August. A coroner's jury deliberated for about 20 minutes before delivering an "open" verdict last October. That ruling indicated not enough evidence had been presented to declare Henderson's death an accident or a homicide.

The verdict helped fuel rumors that Henderson had been murdered because he was preparing to remove corrupt officials from City Hall.

State Police say they have found no evidence of foul play.