Shocking Reveal in Bland Autopsy
HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — The latest on the investigation into the death of a woman in a Texas jail cell (all times local):
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.
Texas officials say they’ll discuss findings from an autopsy of a woman who authorities say killed herself three days after being arrested during a traffic stop.
Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis is scheduled to discuss the autopsy findings at 2 p.m. Thursday in the case of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who authorities say was found hanging in her jail cell on July 13.
The district attorney’s office said the report won’t be made public because of the ongoing investigation into Bland’s death. Family and friends are questioning whether she committed suicide.
Bland was arrested for allegedly assaulting a state trooper who pulled her over for a minor traffic infraction. Video of the stop shows the state trooper drawing a stun gun and threatening Bland when she refuses to follow his orders to get out of the vehicle.
A Texas TV station says it has 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.
The Illinois woman was charged with assaulting a public servant after a July 10 traffic stop in Texas turned confrontational. She was found dead in her cell three days later in what the medical examiner ruled a suicide by hanging. Her family disputes that finding.
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.