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Group demands answers after Corey Stingley death investigation ends with no criminal charges

MILWAUKEE -- Members and supporters of the Corey Stingley family are looking for answers after the district attorney's office announced that no charges would be filed against the three men who restrained the teen after a shoplifting incident in a West Allis store in 2012, resulting in the teen's death. 

The 16-year-old entered a West Allis convenience store and tried to steal alcohol. When he attempted to flee the store, three adult males restrained him while waiting on police.

By the time officers arrived, Stingley had no pulse.

He was later pronounced dead at Froedtert Hospital on December 29th.

The district attorney's office conducted a John Doe investigation into Stingley's death, which included the review of sworn testimony from witnesses, evidence gathered from police, and the reports from the medical examiner's office--who ruled the death a homicide. 

The district attorney's office examined whether the three men that held down Stingley could be charged with homicide or criminally reckless conduct and concluded that the three men did not intend to kill Stingley, thus ruling out the possibility of homicide charges.

District Attorney John Chisholm said there was not enough evidence to prove the three men were guilty of criminal misconduct and that the men believed they were assisting in stopping a crime.

Family members say although Stingley was wrong for trying to steal, he did not deserve death for his mistake. 

Supports held a press conference at the Center Street Library Wednesday demanding another look at the death.

They also plan a demonstration outside of the district attorney's office Friday at 4 p.m.

CBS 58 News will provide continuing coverage.

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