Preliminary Autopsy Results Point to Suicide in the Sandra Bland Case, Prosecutor Says

Sandra Bland
Sandra Bland

A Waller County, Texas, prosecutor confirmed Thursday that, according to preliminary autopsy results, Sandra Bland had marijuana in her system at the time of her death, which was also ruled a suicide by hanging, consistent with original police statements, CNN reports


Prosecutor Warren Diepraam told reporters Thursday that Bland did not have any defensive injuries, and there was a "uniform and consistent mark" around her neck, indicating that there was not a struggle. 

"The only injury that was found close to the hands were some lacerations or abrasions on her wrists, which are consistent with being handcuffed and struggling," he said. "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." 

Additional testing will be done to confirm the presence of marijuana in Bland's system. However, according to Reuters, Cannon Lambert, an attorney for the Bland family, said that loved ones want a second autopsy conducted. 

"The family's confidence is shaken by the continued discrepancies that are surfacing," Lambert said in an email, according to Reuters. 

Bland's body was returned Wednesday to Chicago, where she lived, in preparation for a funeral Saturday, the newswire notes. 

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