Tuesday, September 6 2011 8:40 PM EDT2011-09-07 00:40:02 GMT
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(Story created: 2/16/07)
The family of a veteran who died right after leaving the Tennessee State Veterans Home will not face charges.
Charles Compton was sent home from the state-run nursing facility last August to die at his family's home.
The Medical Examiners Office then ruled his death a homicide -- saying Compton had been given a lethal dose of morphine in the hours before he died.
Now, the Williamson County District Attorney has decided notto pursue a case against the family, saying Compton had received the prescribed dosage of morphine and that his body was simply unable to process it because he was so close to death.
Compton's family is relieved by the D.A.'s decision.
They believe the nursing home ultimately caused his death and they are still considering a lawsuit against the facility.