South Los Angeles deputy was killed by meth, coroner finds

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy who died in South Los Angeles in April succumbed to the “effects of methamphetamine,” according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner.

What the Sheriff’s Department called Deputy Jonathan Stewart’s “unexpected passing” on April 27 was determined to be caused by methamphetamine, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Deputy Jonathan Stewart. (LASD)

Stewart, 41, was found unresponsive at the South Los Angeles Station and pronounced dead at the scene.

Further details were largely unavailable, including “whether officials found any drug paraphernalia or illicit substances at the scene of Stewart’s death,” the Times added.

The Medical Examiner did, however, confirm that the death was deemed accidental in nature.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.