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Houston News: Third inmate commits suicide at Bexar County jail in less than a month

Posted on July 19, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

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The Bexar County Adult Detention Center recorded its third suicide in less than a month Friday amid a state inquiry into the recent deaths.

Jesus Jose Lopez, 18, was identified as one of the inmate by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday afternoon. Lopez was discovered during an apparent suicide attempt Thursday morning in his cell, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said Lopez was taken to University Hospital, where he was found dead, Friday evening. The sheriff’s office is now investigating his death.

Lopez was being charged with  a capital murder charge in the shooting deaths of Joshua Rodriguez, 18, and Victoria Dennis, 17, according to previous reports.

In September 2015, police found Rodriguez shot to death and Dennis still alive after she had called police at about 1 p.m. at their residence in the Churchill Park apartment complex in the 1200 block of Patricia Drive. Dennis died later that day when she was transported to University Hospital.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force announced they arrested Lopez in the 1300 block of San Luis Street in April without incident.

On Friday, investigators said there was no evidence of foul play in Lopez’s death.

An autopsy will be performed to determine his exact cause of death on Sunday, officials said.

Another inmate, Jonathan Campos, a 22-year-old suspect in the shooting death of 7-year-old Iris Rodriguez in June, was found dead in his cell July 9 of an apparent suicide, authorities said.

Campos hung himself in between morning cell checks, officials said.

On June 28, 40-year-old Victor Casas also hanged himself. Casas had been in jail since August of 2015 on charges of assault causing bodily injury and theft ranging from $50 to $500.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards visited the Bexar County Jail unannounced this week following the deaths of Casas, Campos, and a third person who was pronounced dead of natural causes within a span of 10 days.

TCJS Executive Director Brandon Wood said the commission sent an inspector to the jail to view video footage and collect documents and records to assist in an investigation into the deaths.

There was a concern because there were two suicides in a very short period of time,” he told the Express-News on Thursday.

The sheriff’s office said the attempted suicide Thursday and the inmate’s death at the hospital Friday both occurred after the TCJS visit, but that they have been notified of the incidents.

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