DA: Sandy Bland Hung Herself With Plastic Bag

Sandra Bland

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the investigation into the death of a woman who authorities say hanged herself in a Texas jail cell (all times are local):

6 p.m.

A district attorney says a woman who was found dead in a Texas jail used a plastic bag to hang herself from a partition in her cell.

At a Thursday afternoon news conference, Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said an autopsy found Sandra Bland died by asphyxiation. He also said that although jail video didn’t show what went on in Bland’s cell, it showed no one went in or out of it from the time she was placed there until a jailer found her unconscious.

Bland’s body was found Monday morning in a Waller County jail cell in Hempstead. She had been taken into custody after she allegedly kicked a police officer following a traffic stop.

Sheriff Glenn Smith jailers had used an intercom to check on Bland less than an hour before she was found dead.

This item has been corrected to reflect that the sheriff addressed when Bland was checked on.