The death of James Brady — President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary who was wounded in the attempt on Reagan’s life in March 1981 — was a homicide, the medical examiner for the Northern District of Virginia ruled Friday.
The medical examiner said Brady died as a result of the grievous injuries he suffered 33 years ago, which means that gunman John Hinckley Jr. could be charged with Brady’s murder.
I had the idea that there was a limit of time you could apply a murder rap to somebody when the victim did not die within a reasonable time frame. Don’t ask me why, but a year keeps popping in my head. 33 years seems to be a tad of an exaggeration.
The medical examiner’s ruling has the potential to open the door to federal murder charges against Hinckley, who is now a mental patient at St. Elizabeth’s hospital in suburban Washington, said NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams on News4.
Nobody would be trying to use his death as political fundraising and PR strategy, would they? Tap-dancing on your own dead seems rather tackier than usual.