ROCKFORD — Three months after the death of Jon Williams, 18, of Oregon, Winnebago County coroner Sue Fiduccia’s office has ruled his death a homicide.
A coroner’s inquest held Friday showed Williams’ cause of death as homicide. Inquests are held in the event of every unnatural death and consist of a panel of six jurors who consider five verdicts – accidental, suicide, homicide, undetermined and unnatural causes.
The cause of Williams’ death had been found to be head injury caused by blunt trauma as the result of a fall from a physical altercation. Williams was involved in a fight at an underage drinking party in August outside a home on Monroe Street in Oregon. He subsequently hit his head, which led to his death, according to the initial autopsy report.
Someone had punched Williams in the face during the altercation which caused him to fall to the ground, according to reports.
Ogle County State’s Attorney Mike Rock expects to file charges in the case; however, it may take several more weeks.
“We are still waiting for some of the forensic results in order to make sure we have all the information [necessary],” Rock said. “We anticipate arrests in the next few weeks.”
Oregon police had responded to a drinking party during the early hours of Aug. 10. Police arrested five teens on the charge of illegal consumption of alcohol.
The officers on the scene were told about a fight, but saw no evidence of the confrontation. Several hours later, police returned to the home and found Williams unresponsive inside the home.
He later died at a Rockford hospital.
“We continue to work closely with the Ogle County State’s Attorney’s office.” Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHann said. “All of the information collected is being taken into consideration.”