Durham County

Durham man’s death ruled a homicide after autopsy shows he had been beaten

Police say a man who died after he was found unconscious in a car at an apartment complex earlier this week had been beaten.

Willie Shon Sadler, 43, of Durham was found at an apartment complex at 3020 East Weaver Street about 5 p.m. Wednesday, said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael. Sadler was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police weren’t sure how Sadler had died until an autopsy Friday morning concluded that he had been beaten.

Investigators have been told that Sadler was attacked by a group of people, and his death is being investigated as a homicide, Michael said. Police have not yet identified any suspects.

Police ask anyone with information about Sadler’s death to contact Investigator S. Pate at 919-560-4440, ext. 29332, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.