The Frontier: Autopsy Shows Caddo County Inmate Was Strangled


Wednesday, June 22nd 2016, 8:05 pm
By: News 9


A Caddo County inmate who died while in custody in April was strangled after he was put in a neck hold by jailers, according an autopsy released to News 9's news partner The Frontier.

Darius Randell Robinson, 41, died on April 5, a few days after he was initially arrested. At the time, Caddo County jail authorities said Robinson tried to escape his cell. 

According to the autopsy: “When the jail staff opened his cell door to check on him, the decedent reportedly charged the staff. He was subdued, handcuffed, and pepper spray was reportedly used. In addition, it was reported that a neck hold was also used to restrain the deceased. While lying handcuffed and prone on the jail floor, the deceased became unresponsive. There was a report of white foam coming from his mouth.”

The autopsy states Robinson had a broken neck, several hemorrhages and abrasions from his handcuffs. His probable cause of death is listed as asphyxiation due to "manual compression of neck."

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