The first of 2 sets of autopsies were revealed and it is consistent with the story of Waller County officials. The cause of Sandra Bland’s death was hanging, it was a suicide, a prosecutor told reporters, pointing to the preliminary autopsy results.
The prosecutor in this case, Warren Diepraam, a Waller County, Texas, prosecutor, provided new details Thursday that supported those findings. Bland had no injuries on her hands. “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,” Diepraam said.
There was a uniform and consistent mark that was around Bland’s neck. They also were unable to detect any damage to her trachea and esophagus, which they might expect to see if there had been a violent struggle, he said.
Sandra Bland did have approximately 30 “cut marks,” which were on her left wrist, according to Diepraam, all in a state of healing. Lacerations or abrasions were also on her wrists, which are consistent with being handcuffed and struggling, he said.
Additionally, she had scabs on her back, on the right side of her shoulder blade, which could indicate that someone applied force there, or that she applied force there. Diepraam said. He told reporters Bland had marijuana in her system at the time of her arrest.
Separately, an inmate who was held in a cell adjacent to Bland told CNN she did not hear any commotion or screaming that would suggest foul play before the 28-year-old woman was found dead. The woman, who asked not to be identified, said Bland was in an emotional state and was often crying during her 3 day period in the jail.
The inmate went on to say that she spoke with Bland 2 times, and that Bland told her she was concerned about not being able to speak to her family members, and was upset about missing her first day of work at her brand new job.