On March 8th, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice confirmed that the James V. Allred Unit in Wichita County was on lockdown following the death of an inmate.
Around 6:30 PM, the staff conducting a security check found the 35 year old inmate unresponsive in his bunk.
TDCJ spokesperson Jeremy Diesel reported the inmate had injuries which suggested he had a physical altercation with another person. His cellmate, 31 year old Christopher De La Garza, was removed from the cell.
The injured man was take to the medical unit where life-saving measures were taken until EMS personnel arrived and determined the inmate had passed.
A Justice of the Peace pronounced the inmate’s death at 7:07 p.m. TDCJ has not identified the deceased inmate because efforts to contact his family are ongoing.
The independent Office of Inspector General is leading an investigation. An autopsy will be performed and De La Garza could face charges related to this incident.