WARREN, NJ- The cause of death for inmate William Parisio, 25, who died in February while awaiting trial for the murder of Warren Township woman Pamela Schmidt, was cardiac dysrhythmia “due to excited delirium and physical restraint,” the Union County Medical Examiner’s Office has concluded.
No details about the restraint were released, however, the prosecutor’s office is still investigating Parisio’s death.
Excited delirium is defined as a condition in which the heart races wildly and finally gives out. Some causes of excited delirium are drug use, mental illness or physical restraint.
In March 2011, Parisio was charged with killing his girlfriend Pamela Schmidt at his home in Cranford. Authorities said Parisio struck Schmidt with a 12-pound dumbbell and strangled her.
Gov. Chris Christie signed "Pamela's Law" in August 2011 outlawing bath salts.
After his arrest, Diane Parisio said her son had used bath salts, which are powerful stimulants that are known to cause severe psychotic episodes. The toxicology reports released by the Union County Prosecutor's Office a month after the law was signed revealed that there was no trace of bath salts in Parisio's system.