Orange County DA’s investigation finds no wrongdoing in county jail inmate death

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The Orange County District Attorney has found no wrongdoing in the death of a jail inmate.

Richard Wilson died last June in a wing of the Men’s Central Jail for inmates with medical problems. The 55-year-old had a lot of them.

When he was arrested for violating probation, he told Anaheim Police and jail deputies that he hadn’t taken his blood pressure medicine. He also said he was prone to seizures and had hepatitis B and C. The next day, deputies found him on the floor of his cell, several hours after he had died.

The autopsy report said he died of hypertensive heart disease. He also suffered from alcoholism, drug abuse, hepatitis viral infection – and had methamphetamine and methadone in his system.

In his report, Deputy DA Larry Yellin said there was no foul play or evidence of criminal negligence. The investigation was limited to criminal violations, and did not review jail policy on inmates with medical conditions. A sheriff spokesman says the Orange County Health Care Agency is responsible for screening all prisoners before they’re admitted to the jail.