Rape victim dies after nine-month coma

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October 13, 2006

A woman raped behind the Silver Bullet Lounge in January is dead, and it could mean new charges for two men already suspected in the case.

Sherry Murphy was in a coma for nine months before she died at 3 o'clock this morning.

She was brutally assaulted and raped outside the Silver Bullet Lounge on January 9, 2006.

But she was also suffering from advanced liver disease, so investigators are waiting for autopsy results.

Michael Christian clay and Carl Lamont Jones were both indicted in February for aggravated sexual battery in Murphy's case.

If the autopsy shows the assault killed her, the charges will be upgraded to murder.

Clay is also in prison suspected in four other rapes: three in 2000 and one in 2003.

He was also charged with beating and robbing the owner of a dry cleaner's.

Carl Jones was arrested back in 2003 for a murder that year. However, he was acquitted on those charges.

Both men are still in jail. Jones was granted bond last night, but the sheriff's department put that on hold with the new developments.

Investigators hope to have the autopsy results tomorrow, so they can finally move forward with the case.