BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The Birmingham Police Department has reported that an unclassified death investigation is now considered a homicide.
On January 13th of 2011, officers found 35-year-old Fred Battle unresponsive in a motel room. Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and declared Battle deceased.
The Jefferson County Coroner found the cause of death to be a seizure disorder related to a gunshot wound Battle received in December of 2006 in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. The official report by the coroner declared the death a homicide.
After the shooting in 2006, the girlfriend was charged and acquitted of 1st Degree Assault. Investigators have consulted with the DA's office and have been advised that no charges will be pursued due to the time frame from the shooting to the victim's death.
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