Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ruffalo Brother's Death Ruled a Homicide

The death of Mark Ruffalo's younger brother has been ruled a homicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said on Wednesday.

Coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey told The Associated Press that an autopsy determined that someone shot Scott M. Ruffalo, 39, in the head.

He was found with a gunshot wound on Dec. 1; he died a week later after being released from life support.

Beverly Hills police arrested 26-year-old Shaha Mishaal Adham -- one of Scott's pals -- after issuing an attempted murder warrant. She was later cleared after telling police she merely witnessed him playing a game of Russian Roulette.

Adham's attorney, Ronald Richards, disputed the coroner's claim.

"The only two eye witnesses to the shooting saw the same thing, a gunshot wound to the left side of the head, while one of them saw him pull the trigger," Richards said in an e-mail to The AP. "They saw the gun in his left hand after the shot was fired."

He said no gun residue had been found on Adham's clothes and that police had not requested another meeting with her.

Police do not have any suspects in custody, nor do they have a motive for the shooting.

After his brother's death, Mark Ruffalo released the following statement: "Mark Ruffalo and his family deeply appreciate the outpouring of prayers and support during this most difficult time of the passing of Scott Ruffalo, beloved son, brother and husband."


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