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Officials attribute death of man, 20, to natural causes

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com · 340-2437

MOULTON — Lawrence County authorities spent more than an hour Saturday investigating a man’s death at a home he was visiting.

Shawn Brooks, 20, of 2025 Alabama 20 died at the home at 764 Lawrence County 229 where he had spent the night, according to Sheriff Gene Mitchell.

Mitchell said he and other authorities, including Coroner Micah Coffey, responded to a call to the residence at about 3 p.m.

Mitchell said he was prepared for a homicide investigation, but after questioning of family members, it was determined that Brooks died of natural causes.

“You always suspect homicide when a person in that age group dies,” said Mitchell. “But as soon as we got there and started asking questions, it didn’t seem to be anything else but natural. We are not going to ask for an autopsy.”

Mitchell said he learned that Brooks had a history of medical problems.

“This young man had a lot of medical problems all of his life and had a lot of surgeries throughout the years,” Mitchell said.

“He was under the care of several doctors. The coroner talked to one of his doctors. He had just died when we got there. At this point the pre-liminary ruling is natural cause.”

Mitchell said Butch Byars made the call from his home, where Brooks had spent the night.

“They went in and tried to wake him up, and he wouldn’t awake,” Mitchell said.

Coffey pronounced Brooks dead at the scene, and Greg’s Ambulance Service transported him to Shelton Funeral Home in Decatur, according to Mitchell.

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