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Defendant, 73, dies while awaiting arraignment

Mar 05, 2013 -- 11:30am


Southeast Missourian

A 73-year-old jail inmate collapsed and died in a Cape Girardeau County courtroom Monday afternoon while awaiting arraignment on felony charges he violated his probation by writing a bad check. Daniel E. Stroder of Wappapello was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Medical Center. Coroner John Clifton would not speculate Monday night as to the cause of death, except to say that an autopsy is scheduled. Stroder was in front of Judge William when he began to feel sick. Sheriff John Jordan says Syler was preparing to furlough Stroder when he collapsed. Stroder was breathing on his own when he was taken out of the courthouse. Stroder had about 40 cases that have gone through the Missouri courts system, though the majority were civil litigation, such as breach of contract and failing to pay employment taxes.

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