Lancaster Parents Want Investigation Results from Son's Death

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WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - A Lancaster family is demanding the results of an investigation into their son's death. It's been almost a year since Richard Metcalf, Jr., died after injuries he suffered at the Erie County Holding Center.

And Metcalf's parents, tell 2 On Your Side that they want answers.

"I think it's probably equated to torture of some sort, there's not a lot of peace," said Richard Metcalf. He explains that he and his family cannot rest, without getting closure on the investigation into their son's death.

Richard Metcalf, Jr., 35, died in November of last year.

"And everyday that I think about him my wife and I, every single day we cry and just wonder," Metcalf said.

Metcalf Jr.'s death was ruled a homicide. An autopsy shows, he had bruises all over his body, plus broken ribs from treatment he got in the Erie County Holding Center. Metcalf also suffered a heart attack on his way to ECMC.

He was initially brought to the holding center by Depew Police on a burglary charge. But, the family says this incident stems from strange emotional problems Metcalf was experiencing and that they were in the process of getting him psychological help.

"He was a good kid, he was not a criminal," said Metcalf.

And for months, district attorney Frank Sedita has been overseeing an investigation by State Police into Metcalf's death.

The family's attorney Tom Casey says the review was completed in July, but results haven't been released.

"I don't think it takes much of a jump to realize that this man's life was taken at the hands of someone else. In this particular case, we're looking specifically at the deputies," said Casey.

And the family says the autopsy and photos back this up. When he entered the holding center, a picture of Metcalf showed that he had slight bruises on his face.

Just before he died, he had a huge black eye and his face was extremely swollen.

"All my wife, myself and our family wanted was the truth of what happened that night, when my son was murdered," said Metcalf.

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