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Patient’s death after scuffle is ruled homicide

UNDER INVESTIGATION Joshua Messier’s death in May at the state hospital is being investigated by the Plymouth district attorney’s office. UNDER INVESTIGATION
Joshua Messier’s death in May at the state hospital is being investigated by the Plymouth district attorney’s office.
By Jonathan Saltzman and Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff / March 10, 2010

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The death of a psychiatric patient who scuffled with correction officers at Bridgewater State Hospital in May has been ruled a homicide, according to a death certificate that found 23-year-old Joshua Messier had suffered “blunt impact of head and compression of chest’’ while being restrained by guards. (Full article: 837 words)

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