A long-delayed autopsy is scheduled for Thursday for an elderly man who was attacked with a baseball bat earlier this year and died at a nursing home late last month.
Chicago police said that a man wielding a wooden baseball bat struck Ellison
Jordan, Jr., 86, in the head during a quarrel on April 21 in the 1900 block of
South Homan Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood.
The alleged attacker, Donald Henry, 56, was arrested and later charged with
multiple counts of aggravated battery while a critically-injured Jordan was
treated at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Jordan, who lived in a nursing home in the 2400 block of West Touhy Avenue in
West Rogers Park, died at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston on Sept. 22.
A medical examiner's office spokesman said there was a delay in receiving the
body. People who suffer traumatic deaths or who suffered previous traumas that
could have caused their death are usually brought to the Stein Institute, the
county morgue, for autopsy within a day of their death.
The reason for the delay was unclear.
Henry remains at Cook County Jail after a judge set bail at $350,000 for him
on April 23.
If the autopsy determines that Jordan's death was caused by the April attack,
authorities would seek to upgrade to murder charges,