Medical examiner returns autopsy results for inmate who died in ETX jail
Bobby Madewell Jr. (Source: Gregg County Jail)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -
The Gregg County Sheriff's Department released autopsy results for Bobby Madewell Jr. on Thursday. Madewell, a 51-year-old from Longview, died in the Gregg County Jail on March 21.
According to the autopsy, which was performed by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office, the cause of death was "sudden death associated with excited delirium and restraint" as well as "coronary atherosclerosis, hepatic steatosis and history of neuroleptic malignant syndromes." The medical examiner also added that there were no signs of notable trauma and significant disease processes likely contributed to the death.
Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said that Madewell began to exhibit erratic behavior in his cell on March 21. When officers interacted with Madewell, he began to resist and became violent. Officers then used a stun gun on Madewell, attempting to apply restraints in his cell. Madewell lost consciousness and was treated by medical staff. He later died at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
Betty Madewell said her son had problems with depression and was on several medications. According to Betty, Bobby was denied one of those medications, Xanax.
Betty has hired an attorney to represent her family in Bobby's death. The lawyer who represents them also represented the estate of Amy Cowling after she died in the Gregg County Jail in December 2010. According to the suit, at the time of her confinement, Cowling advised jail officials that she was dependent on her physician-prescribed medication, including but not limited to methadone, without which she would suffer from severe, painful, and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
Bobby Madewell was in jail on a bond forfeiture for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.