The John Doe investigation into the death of Brandon Johnson at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex entered its second day on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Fond du Lac County Chief Medical Examiner Doug Kelley, hired by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for an independent assessment of Mr. Johnson’s death, testified that Mr. Johnson died when blood clots from a neck injury he suffered while at the Complex traveled to his lungs and his heart. According to Dr. Kelley, Mr. Johnson may have survived if he had been treated with blood thinners while at the Complex. Milwaukee County Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Wieslawa Tlomak agreed with Dr. Kelley that blood thinners may have saved Mr. Johnson’s life. When Mr. Johnson was admitted to the Complex in October 2012, he was physically healthy. At some point, he suffered a neck injury that resulted in the blood clots that caused his death. Doctors at the Complex testified at the John Doe that they did not believe Mr. Johnson’s complaints of paralysis, thinking that Mr. Johnson was faking his injury.
The John Doe investigation into the death of Brandon Johnson will continue on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. The purpose of the John Doe is to determine whether any of the staff at the Complex are criminally liable for Mr. Johnson’s death. Read more about the John Doe investigation into Mr. Johnson’s death in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here.
The civil rights attorneys of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. represent the parents of Brandon Johnson. We will provide daily updates on the John Doe investigation on this Blog, and our main website, which can be found here.