Texas Coroner Rules Death Of Marvin Scott III While In Sheriff’s Custody Was A Homicide

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The Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Wednesday, April 28, 2021, the in-custody death of Marvin Scott III was a homicide.

According to a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Dr. William Rohr with the county medical examiner’s office said Scott’s cause of death was “fatal acute stress response in an individual with previously diagnosed schizophrenia during restraint struggle with law enforcement” and that “the manner of death is listed as homicide.”

The medical examiner’s office said they were still waiting on more test results before completing Scott’s final autopsy report.

The report comes a day after a Collin County detention officer who had been terminated following Scott’s death was reinstated through an appeal.

On Wednesday, Scott’s family was able to view five hours of video recorded when Scott was in the custody of the sheriff’s department. The family described the video as “horrific, inhumane, and disheartening” and demanded the officers involved in Scott’s detention and death be arrested.

“Today was a very, very difficult day. I can say that for sure,” Scott’s father, Marvin Scott, Jr. said. “After reviewing the video, it took a while to review it, I feel that justice has to be served. It has be served. I feel like the officers involved have to be arrested. That’s how I feel. I feel that way.”

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