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No new charges to be filed in 1995 assault after man dies

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SPOKANE, Wash. - No new charges will be filed against the man whose club-wielding assault in October 1995 led to this week's death of a Spokane man who spent 11 years in a coma.

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker said yesterday that state law in 1995 prohibited murder or manslaughter charges unless the victim died within three years. The law has since been changed, but the old limit still governs the case in which John Levi Swiger fractured Jeffrey Charles Feagan's skull with a club.

Feagan was in a coma until dying Tuesday.

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