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Daughter seeks to reopen investigation into death of battered Spokane Valley mother

The daughter of a Spokane Valley woman believes the cause of her mother’s 2016 death is a clear as the plastic used to wrap her battered body before it was dumped on the side of a road near Cataldo, Idaho. But the investigation into 46-year-old Cindy Lou Zeppenfeld Bergan’s death stalled in April 2016 after Spokane County Medical Examiner Dr. John Howard determined that Bergan died from a probable heart attack and listed the manner of death as “natural.”

Shawn Vestal: In case of exonerated men, everyone sees mistakes but the sheriff

You could look at it as a three-quarter-million-dollar mistake – that’s how much state taxpayers will likely fork over to pay for the wrongful convictions of three Spokane men in a series of 2008 “drug-rip” robberies. Or you could look at it as a 3,741-day mistake – that’s how long Paul Statler, Tyler Gassman and Robert Larson collectively spent in prison for crimes for which a judge ruled this month they are “actually innocent.”

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