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Update to Range death: No charges coming

St. Louis County Attorney's office declines to file charges in connection with June 2021 death of Ryan Moats. St. Louis County Attorney's office declines to file charges in connection with June 2021 death of Ryan Moats. |  Photo: WDIO

Updated: January 20, 2022 02:08 PM
Created: January 20, 2022 11:08 AM

The St. Louis County Attorney's office said they are declining to file charges in connection with the death of Ryan Douglas Moats.

Moats died after a fight in Virginia back in June of 2021. After the first part of the brawl, Moats allegedly stated he was having a heart attack and went back to his truck. The other man involved in the fight reportedly had interaction with Moats at the truck, but it's unclear how severe.

According to the county attorney's office, the medical examiner determined Moats' death was caused by the combined effects of methamphetamine and the stressors of the altercation. He also had a blocked artery. 

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Several prosecutors reviewed the case for potential manslaughter charges. And all came to the conclusion that the case does not meet the office's charging threshold. Most notably, they say, because the other party's involvement's in the mutual brawl does not rise to the level of culpable negligence. And they cannot prove that the party's actions were a substantial factor in Moats' death.

The office goes on to say they express their condolences to the Moats family, and they thanked the Virginia Police Department and other law enforcement agencies for the good work they did on the case.

The family of Ryan Moats told WDIO that they dispute the attorney's office decision to not file charges in the death of Ryan. They specifically point to evidence in police reports and from witnesses that they feel show Ryan was assaulted and that this was not a 'mutual' brawl as described by the attorney's office. WDIO will sit down with a family member and review the police reports and witness statements.

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