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Man held in Las Vegas death after unapproved medical procedure

Arizona police arrested one of two men wanted by Metro in connection with the death of a woman after an unapproved medical procedure in August.

Cody Blake Stoneking, 50, of Chloride, Ariz., was arrested Wednesday, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said. He is facing a second-degree murder charge in Clark County.

Stoneking was found at a residence hiding under a blanket, police said. He was booked into the Mohave County Jail.

On Aug. 12, Kim Chun Ji Wang Liu, 74, of Mesa, Ariz., died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Metro said in October. The Clark County coroner’s office contacted police and it was determined that her death came after an unapproved procedure.

On Thursday, the coroner said Liu’s death was a homicide. She died from brain-stem infractions, an embolism and cardiovascular disease.

A second man, Karl Albert Bachman, is still wanted on a second-degree murder charge, court records show.

Stoneking and Bachman claimed to be doctors, Metro said, but their names did not come up in a search with the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners in October.

It is unclear what the procedure was and where it was performed.

Contact Ricardo Torres at rtorres@reviewjournal.com and 702-383-0381. Find him on Twitter: @rickytwrites

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