Authorities Investigate Inmate’s Apparent Suicide At Oklahoma County Jail


Thursday, March 17th 2016, 11:28 am
By: News 9


Authorities are investigating an inmate's apparent suicide at the Oklahoma County Jail.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI,) Sunday evening, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office requested OSBI investigate the death of 58-year-old Dale Stanley Schmidt, who was found hanging inside his jail cell.

Schmidt was the only inmate occupying the cell. He was arrested and booked into the jail March 11, for lewd or indecent acts with a child under 16.

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The medical examiner’s office has preliminarily determined the cause of Schmidt’s death as asphyxiation due to ligature. The manner of death ruled suicide.

The medical examiner’s office is also performing toxicology tests, according to the OSBI.