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MARTINEZ—-The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office and Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff are investigating the Jan. 3 death of an inmate at the Martinez Detention Facility.

The inmate, whose identity has not been released, was booked into the facility after being arrested by Antioch police on Dec. 31 on suspicion of misdemeanor spousal battery, according to a Jan. 3 press release by the Office of the Sheriff. 

“Deputies conducted a room check and observed no movement from the inmate,” the press release states. “Deputies made entry and called for jail medical staff to respond. Life-saving measures were attempted by deputies, medical staff and paramedics. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no immediate signs of trauma or anything suspicious.”


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