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DA says Texas jail death needs 'thorough review'

1 year 3 months 17 hours ago July 21, 2015 Jul 21, 2015 Tuesday, July 21 2015 July 21, 2015 7:45 AM 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.

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