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Prosecutors say Sandra Bland's injuries consistent with suicide

4 years 7 months 1 week ago Thursday, July 23 2015 Jul 23, 2015 July 23, 2015 11:06 AM July 23, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

HEMPSTEAD - Investigators say no injuries consistent with a violent homicide were found during an autopsy of a woman who was found dead in a Texas jail.

Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam on Thursday discussed details of the autopsy of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who authorities say was found hanging in her jail cell on July 13.

Diepraam says the autopsy showed that Bland had no defensive injuries on her hands that would typically indicate a struggle. He says some lacerations or abrasions were found on her wrists, injuries consistent with a struggle while being handcuffed.

He also says marks around Bland's neck are consistent. He says that in violent homicide, investigators wouldn't see a consistent mark. He says the injuries that were found would be consistent with a suicide.

Bland's family disputed the initial findings that her death was self-inflicted.

A Texas TV station Thursday also claimed it obtained a voicemail from a call Sandra Bland made from jail, in which she told a friend that she couldn't believe what was happening to her.

KTRK-TV in Houston says the call was to friend LaVaughn Mosley. In the message, Bland calmly says she's "still just at a loss for words honestly at this whole process" and wonders, "How did switching lanes with no signal turn into all of this?"

One of Bland's sisters has said she sounded "very aggravated" in a separate call to her from jail.


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