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Fratricide suspect dies

SIDNEY — A Sidney man who was charged with the murder of his brother, but released from jail due to a serious medical condition, has died.

William L. Trapp Jr., 46, 18196 Herring Road, Sidney, died Thursday evening at Lima Memorial Hospital.

Trapp had been charged with the 1998 murder of his brother, Gregory. The case had gone cold until it was reopened in 2011 by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and the Montgomery County Cold Case Unit, resulting in indictments of William Trapp and Vance Short.

Short was ultimately convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and complicity to commit aggravated burglary and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. On an appeal, he was re-sentenced to the same term earlier this week in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

William Trapp was charged with the aggravated murder of his brother but in January of 2012 the charge was dismissed due to his medical condition. He reportedly suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure and had lost both legs to amputation.

William was reportedly the beneficiary of his brother's $200,000 life insurance policy.

After being released,William Trapp filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against a number of local and state officials alleging violations of his Constitutional rights while he was held at the Shelby County Jail. That suit was thrown out by the judge last month, however, stating the claims were "vague allegations of wrongdoing."

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