Update: Naked man who died after being shot with taser gun identified; previously charged with marijuana in Columbus, Maryland

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.com, tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 25, 2013 

Update (Tuesday, 12:50 p.m.):

The 25-year-old man who died after being shot with a taser gun Sunday night has been identified as Khari Neville Illidge. Illidge was identified through his fingerprints. His listed address is in Columbus.

According to a Columbus Police record, Illidge was arrested on August 10, 2012 for possession of marijuana. Illidge was found with two other men at 3 a.m. sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot at Hamilton Station Apartments on Double Churches Road when police arrived to investigate an odor of marijuana coming from the area.

When Illidge got out of the vehicle, a marijuana cigarette fell out of his pocket and onto the seat, according to the report. Police also found two plastic bags and a napkin containing nine grams of marijuana, valued at $90.

Illidge was transported to Muscogee County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana. At the time, he reported living at a residence on the 5400 block of Spencer Lane.

In 2010, Illidge was arrested in Easton, Md. for possession of marijuana, according to The Star Democrat and District Court of Maryland court records.

Illidge was arrested after police stopped a black Ford Escort on May 31 after the driver failed to stop at a red light near State Route 322 and Bay Street, according to The Star Democrat report. After stopping the vehicle, officers asked the driver, Maksym Lozoyskyy of Easton if the car could be searched.

Police found a glass pipe with marijuana residue under the driver's seat, as well as bags of marijuana on both Illidge, who was 22 at the time, and Easton resident Leanne Michelle Ward. Some marijuana was also allegedly found in the trunk of the car.

Illidge was charged with possession of marijuana and released under condition that he come to court. He pleaded guilty to his charge on June 1, 2010 in the District Court of Talbot County, where he was given a fine of $300 and unsupervised probation.

His case status shows there is a warrant issued for Illidge's arrest. His disposition date was Aug. 2, 2010. His probationary period ended on Aug. 2, 2011.

During his arrest in Maryland, Illidge reported living on the 200 block of South Morris Street, Oxford Md.

Original story

An unidentified man shot with a taser gun Sunday night by Lee County Sheriff's deputies died at Jack Hughston Hospital in Phenix City.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.

At approximately 7:41 p.m. CDT Sunday, a 911 call was received from a residence on Lee Road 308 near the Lee-Russell county line in north Phenix City, according to a sheriff's office news release.

The caller reported a naked man entered their home and was acting in a threatening manner. Lee County deputies responded and made contact with the suspect a short distance from the home on Lee Road 308. The suspect refused to stop and ran toward Pierce Road.

The suspect ran to a residence in the 1800 block of Pierce Road and attempted to enter as deputies made contact with him. The suspect was combative and deputies deployed a Taser device in an attempt to subdue him.

The suspect continued to fight with deputies, who were joined by Phenix City Police officers. After a struggle that lasted more than 10 minutes, the suspect was restrained, but remained combative.

Deputies were attempting to secure the suspect's legs when he passed out.

CPR was initiated and medical personnel were called to the scene.

The suspect was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:58 p.m. CDT.

Sheriff Jay Jones has requested the ABI conduct an investigation into the circumstances of the incident as standard procedure when an in-custody death occurs. The suspect's body has been transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy.

The man was identified Monday by the Lee County coroner's office, but his name is not being released.

"The 25-year-old Georgia man's name is being withheld at this time until his family can be located and notified of the incident," Coroner Bill Harris said in a statement.

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