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DA: Red Bluff man dead by drug overdose, Neighbor will not face charges

The death happened on Oct. 21 and the man was in custody hours later.

Posted: Dec 10, 2020 4:03 PM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - After one man was found dead in a Red Bluff neighborhood following a fight with his neighbor, the Tehama County District Attorney's Office says the man died of a drug overdose and the neighbor will face no charges.

The death happened on Oct. 21 where investigators say David Chavez and John Weaver got into a fight outside an apartment along Mina Avenue. Police said Chavez hit Weaver repeatedly in the head and put him in a chokehold before walking off.

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Initially, the district attorney's office decided to not file charges against Chavez because of "inconclusive autopsy results".

Now, seven weeks later, the office says a full blood analysis has been completed and the medical examiner has found the cause of Weaver's death to be a drug overdose. His death has been ruled accidental and the medical examiner says it was not caused by the fight between the two men.

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According to the district attorney, the fight was "mutual combat" and both men had a right of self-defense.

Based on the medical reports and the investigation, the attorney's office says it will not pursue criminal charges against Chavez for the death of Weaver.

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