Officials detail Sandra Bland autopsy findings

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Sandra Bland had marijuana in her system at the time of her death in a Texas jail cell, Warren Diepraam, a Waller County prosecutor, told reporters Thursday, citing preliminary autopsy results. He said the cause of death was hanging; the manner of death was suicide.

Bland did not have injuries on her hands, Diepraam said.

“The only injury that was found close to the hands were some lacerations or abrasions on her wrists, which are consistent with being handcuffed and struggling,” he said. “There were no bite marks or other injuries on her face, on her lips, on her tongue, which would be consistent with a violent struggle.” If there had been a violent struggle, Diepraam said, examiners would most likely not expect to see a uniform and consistent mark around Bland’s neck — which is what they, in fact, observed.

By Greg Botelho

CNN’s Mary Helen Young, Shawn Nottingham, Dana Ford, Ryan Young, Jason Morris and Ed Payne contributed to this report

 

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