Coroner’s inquests scheduled for Officer Jaimie Cox and Eddie Patterson

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Coroner’s inquests into the deaths of Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox and Eddie Patterson, the man he pulled over, which turned fatal, have been scheduled for next week.

Officer Cox’s inquest will be held on Thursday, August 16 at 9 a.m.. Patterson’s will be the following day, Friday, August 17th, also at 9 a.m. Both will be held at the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office.

The hearings could provide more clues into the series of deadly events in the morning hours of November 5, 2017.

Inquests aren’t unusual for cases when someone has not died from natural causes. Typically, an inquest jury will hear evidence from the Coroner’s Office as a means to determine the manner of deaths in the case, choosing between state statutes of homicide, suicide, natural, accidental or undetermined.

An original date was set for both Officer Cox’s and Patterson’s inquests back in late January and early February, respectively. Those inquests were postponed indefinitely as Coroner Bill Hintz said he was waiting for more documentation from the State’s Attorney’s office.

Last month, a police integrity task force cleared Officer Jaimie Cox of any wrongdoing in the incident and use of deadly force that preceded his and Patterson’s deaths. It’s unclear if the coroner was waiting for that ruling before holding the inquests.

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