Former Illinois state worker charged in deaf and blind man's death after 'punishment' shower

A former mental health technician at an Illinois state home for the severely disabled has been charged with felony neglect in connection with a deaf and blind resident's choking death following what co-workers called a "punishment" shower.

A grand jury indicted 25-year-old Christopher Michael Duguay of Alton last week for the March death of 46-year-old Todd Clementz at the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in southern Illinois. The indictment was made public on Thursday.

A jury in a coroner's inquest last month ruled Clementz's death a homicide. An autopsy determined Clementz died from choking on cold water as well as regurgitated food.

Duguay was released from custody on a $25,000 bond and is due in court in early January. Online court records don't list an attorney on his behalf.