CVS Shoplifter Strangled Over Toothpaste
By Prescott Carlson in News on May 10, 2010 8:40PM
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While the medical examiner declared the death a homicide after an autopsy, police are calling the incident an "accidental death" and are not pursuing murder charges against the CVS employee, a move the reportedly has Kyser's family outraged:
"Why would you kill someone over toothpaste?" his ex-wife, Ann Balboa, said through tears Sunday.
"Why would you even chase them, and how is this not murder -- it doesn't make sense."
The family also told the paper that while Kyser has had his share of "ups and downs" and has spent time in prison for drug offenses, his death was unjustified. They plan on suing the CVS chain in civil court.
The Sun-Times also spoke to two witnesses whose homes back onto the alley where the incident took place who say that an off-duty police officer was involved. They claim the woman told Kyser she was an officer, drew her weapon, and told him to stop fighting the CVS employees' attempts to restrain him. She then reportedly went back to her car to make a phone call. Chicago Police spokesman John Mirabelli was quoted as questioning this report, saying that they "have no indication of CPD involvement."
CVS is investigating the incident internally, and today placed the employee responsible on leave.