Pierce County sheriff’s detectives continue to look into last weekend’s death of a medical marijuana patient who’d been attacked at his Orting-area home.
No arrests have been made in Michael S. Howard’s death and no motive revealed, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Wednesday.
Howard, 38, was hit over the head early on March 9. He heard suspicious noises outside his home in the 17700 block of 147th Avenue East, armed himself with a can of bear spray and went to investigate. He was hit on the head by an unknown person.
Howard talked to deputies who responded to his home about the attack but was unable to provide a description of his attacker. He was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center, where his condition worsened. He died Saturday after a blood clot went from his leg into his lungs, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office reported.
Howard, who used medical marijuana for back pain after a couple of accidents several years ago, had 150 pot plants in the shed next to the home. Thieves had targeted the plants when Howard was in jail in an unrelated assault case, said Renee Resser, who also lived at the home.
Investigators were looking into whether Howard was targeted because of the plants.