Baton Rouge, Louisiana
7 Day Forecast
Follow our weather team on social media

DA says Texas jail death needs 'thorough review'

3 years 3 months 1 day ago Tuesday, July 21 2015 Jul 21, 2015 July 21, 2015 7:45 AM July 21, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HEMPSTEAD, Texas- The prosecutor in a Texas county where authorities say a woman hanged herself in a jail cell is calling for a "thorough review" of the case, saying it's too soon to rule her death a suicide.

Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said at a news conference Monday that a Texas Rangers investigation into Sandra Bland's death is "being treated just as it would be in a murder investigation."

He says it's too soon to "make any kind of determination" about whether her death was a suicide.

Bland's family and friends have disputed authorities' contention that she killed herself.

The 28-year-old Naperville, Illinois, woman was arrested July 10 after officials said she became uncooperative during a traffic stop. She was found dead in her cell three days later.

Mathis says the case will go to a grand jury once the investigation is complete.

On Tuesday, dashcam video of Bland's arrest was expected to be released.

More News

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
7 Days