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HOUSTON – The mother of an Army sergeant who died in a West Texas jail in 2012 while serving a weekend DWI sentence says she's concerned similar jail deaths could happen.
James Brown died after being removed from his El Paso County Jail cell after becoming belligerent. Brown suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
His death was ruled natural due to an undiagnosed blood disorder. But nearly three years later, a different conclusion surfaced. A pathologist hired by the county after Brown's family sued said the death should have been ruled a homicide because Brown's medical condition was exacerbated by restraint procedures used on him.
Brown's case is similar to other recent deaths in Texas jails and which have prompted state legislators to review jail safety standards, including mental health care.