Peter Cadigan and Peggy Finley Wiki – Peter Cadigan and Peggy Finley Biography
Two paramedics called to save a man’s life have been charged with first degree murder after the man suffocated to death when suspects strapped him to a gurney face down. Charges against Peter Cadigan, 50, and Peggy Finley, 40, in connection with the December 18 death of Earl L. Moore Jr., 35, of Springfield, Illinois, were announced January 10 by Sangamon County.
tate’s Attorney Dan Wright, reports NPR Illinois. The Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for information about the case.
Peter Cadigan and Peggy Finley Called to Save Man’s Life. Now They’re Charged with Murder
Lifestar EMS workers were called to Moore’s home shortly after 2 a.m. after police officers responded to a 911 call. Those officers reported that Moore had possibly been experiencing alcohol withdrawal hallucinations and required medical attention, according to a Springfield Police Department news release.
When they arrived, the couple placed the patient on the stretcher lying face down and tightened a medical strap on his back and lower body, newly released body camera footage shows. Moore was then taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
A coroner’s report obtained by PEOPLE revealed that Moore’s cause of death was “compression and position asphyxia, due to prone immobilization on a paramedic transport stretcher due to the straps on his back.”
The couple should have known from their training and experience that positioning a patient in such a way “would create a substantial likelihood of serious bodily harm or death,” Wright told Fox News. The couple’s employment status was not immediately known.
“It’s still under investigation, so we’re not allowed to talk about it,” Lifestar ambulance service tells PEOPLE. Cadigan and Finley are being held at the Sangamon County Jail, according to multiple reports. It was not immediately clear if they pleaded guilty or hired lawyers.Read More…