Texas inmate’s death ruled a homicide by medical examiner

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Seven officers at Collin County Jail were fired after Marvin Scott died.

The death of a schizophrenic Texas inmate who died while being restrained by corrections officers has been ruled a homicide, according to a report.

Marvin Scott III died of “fatal acute stress response in an individual with previously diagnosed schizophrenia during restraint struggle with law enforcement” at a county jail on March 14, Collin County Medical Examiner William Rohr ruled, CBS affiliate KTVT-TV reported Wednesday.

Marvin was jailed on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after his arrest in Allen, Texas, the station said.

The 26-year-old Frisco resident was initially taken to a hospital after his arrest while suffering a possible mental health crisis.

Seven officers at Collin County Jail were fired after Marvin Scott died.

He was then taken to the jail and started “exhibiting some strange behavior” in the booking area, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said at a press conference last month after the fatal incident.

Scott was then restrained to a bed and pepper-sprayed, and had a spit hood placed over his head and kept there for about four hours, authorities said.

Seven corrections officers at the Collin County Jail, including a captain, a lieutenant, and two sergeants were fired earlier this month over Marvin’s death.

Marvin Scott died while in jail on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
Marvin Scott died while in jail on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
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Six of the officers are appealing their terminations, and the seventh won his appeal last week, KTVT said.



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