As of Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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SYLVESTER, Ga. — Authorities, who initially reported that James Lee Roddy was killed while working on a plugged-in microwave oven Saturday, say that the microwave was unplugged when he began to work on it.
Roddy, 25, was found unresponsive when police and EMS units answered a call to an address on the 500 block of West Pinson Street. Roddy was later pronounced dead by doctors at Phoebe Worth Medical center.
Investigators said Monday that Roddy was killed when he was electrocuted by a microwave oven that was still plugged into a 120-volt receptacle. On Tuesday, Investigator Ronnie Graddy said that Roddy had unplugged the appliance, but that a residual charge in the oven’s capacitor held enough electricity to fatally shock Roddy.
“The microwave oven that Mr. Roddy was working on at the time of his death was not plugged in. It is apparent that the capacitor that can hold as much as 4,000 volts provided the current that caused Mr.Roddy’s death. The capacitor can remain charged with dangerous electrical energy for hours, even days, after the microwave oven plug is pulled from the wall outlet,” Graddy said in an email to the Herald Tuesday.