Somone breaks into a lawyer's home and attacks him and his wife. His wife is killed and he is injured and brought to the hospital. Benson and Stabler investigate and they learn they have a teenage daughter who wasn't there. They learn she was at her boyfriend's. The lawyer wakes up and says he saw his daughter at the house during the attack. they learn she's a party girl who went to pharmaceutical parties and at a party she attended, she ran out of pills and said she would get some at her parents'. They think she was so high she doesn't know she attacked her parents. But later evidence implicates her boyfriend and Stabler tries to arrest him but he runs away and when Stabler tries to subdue him, he dies. It is believed that Stabler may have used excessive force but he doesn't think he did that. Written by
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Warner tells Benson that the cause of Ryan's death is homicide, and she reacts like this definitely means Stabler will be charged with murder. Actually, homicide as a medical term is distinct from homicide as a legal term - it simply means death by person and does not indicate that a crime of any kind has been committed (if a cop shoots a suspect in an armed standoff, for instance, that would be homicide in a medical sense but unlikely in a legal sense). Also Warner has no way of knowing how Ryan's spleen was ruptured accept by blunt force. This could have happened by accident or even before Ryan was caught by Elliot. "Homicide" rules out an accident. See more