The death of Mark Ruffalo's brother SCOTT has been ruled as a homicide.
Scott Ruffalo, 39, was found outside his home in Beverly Hills with a gunshot wound to the head at the beginning of December (08). He died in hospital a week later (08Dec08) after he was taken off life support.
Shaha Mishaal Adham handed herself in to police the day the hairdresser died, after cops named her as a person of interest, and was subsequently released from custody.
Adham insists she was at Ruffalo's home to collect her car keys, and fled when he shot himself.
Her lawyer Ronald Richards claims it was his client's case that Ruffalo had accidentally shot himself in the head.
But Los Angeles County Coroner's Office spokesman Craig Harvey said on Wednesday (17Dec08) that their investigation had determined that somebody had shot Ruffalo.
A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the crime a day after Ruffalo was hospitalised, but he was released less than three days later without being charged.
And lawyer Richards tells TMZ, "I have not been informed by police that my client is again at all a suspect."
No other suspects have been named publicly and no further information about the case was available as WENN went to press.