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Barry Said To Be Trying To Nab Shoplifter

Manager Collapses Outside

The death of an Oklahoma City grocery store manager has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner.

The Oklahoma Office of the Medical Examiner issued a preliminary report on Thursday.

Lester Leon Barry III collapsed June 26 outside Crest Foods, 4503 NW 23rd St., after he is believed to have been trying to take a suspected shoplifter into custody.

Mr. Barry, 36, died at a hospital that evening, according to the report.

The shoplifting suspect, Dajuan Eugene Wilson, was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on complaints of cruel and unusual manslaughter and manslaughter in the commission of a misdemeanor.

Mr. Wilson, 34, remained jailed Thursday on $10,000 bail.

The suspect faces a first-degree manslaughter charge in connection with the death.

The medical examiner’s report lists Mr. Barry’s probable cause of death as acute irregular heartbeat due to an existing heart condition and “physical exertion from subduing fleeing suspect.”...To Read More...subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper