Burial postponed, new details released in battery case

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – We’re getting more information this afternoon on a battery case that left a family shocked when the body of the victim was requested before burial.

Officials report the battery happened last December after Jeremy Salesman, Sr. went to the hospital with a broken eye socket and check bone.

According to the probable cause, the battery happened on McKeen Street in the area of 25th and Hulman when Salesman stepped in between a physical argument. Arrests weren’t made until after the death of Salesman last Friday. But, a cause of death will not be released.

The coroner’s office stated they’re still working on several possible pieces of this puzzle and hope to share more information tomorrow.

The two suspects in this case, Christopher Pine and James Shafer, were in court Tuesday and both face aggravated battery charges.

The Terre Haute Police Department investigated the case.

News 10 spoke with Chief John Plasse on Tuesday. He explained that in some cases, this one for example, there was no statement from the victim originally.

That’s how the prosecution would base their arguments so that slowed any chance of an arrest in the case.

That left them with nothing to go on until they were brought up to speed when the victim’s condition started failing last week.

According to the coroner’s office, the hospital failed to alert the coroner about Salesman’s death.

This is something the coroner’s office expects – to be notified of a death related to a traumatic injury.

Union hospital released this statement to us today:

“The case has been reviewed and we followed our policies,” explained John Bolinger, D.O., Union Hopsital Chief Medical Officer.

We’ll get details on the release of those autopsy results as soon as they’re released.

News 10 also spoke with the prosecutor’s office about this case.

They stated charges can be enhanced depending on the proven cause of death.

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