KBI releases in-custody death report for Lyon County inmate Featured

Christopher Mejia Christopher Mejia Lyon County Jail photo

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says there is no evidence any criminal act led to the death of a Lyon County inmate last fall.

The investigation started in late October after the death of Christopher Mejia, who was found unresponsive Oct. 30 soon after he was booked on suspicion of criminal trespass. Efforts to revive him were not successful.

The KBI’s report to Attorney General Derek Schmidt as provided to KVOE News indicates Mejia was originally treated at Newman Regional Health for possible alcohol withdrawal symptoms and later released, although he was later arrested by Emporia Police for allegedly refusing to leave. Once booked, Mejia was put into an observation cell after complaining he would have a seizure, but he collapsed and apparently hit his head on the toilet and sink receptacle on his way to the floor.

The KBI report says Mejia had “a large number” of bruises on his arms, legs and chest. The source or sources of that bruising is not listed.

The in-custody death report says Mejia’s manner of death was undetermined after an autopsy, but the cause was from “diffuse overwhelming contusions” with below-skin hemorrhaging “associated with cirrhosis of the liver.” The report calls ethanol intoxication the contributing cause of Mejia’s death.

KVOE News has reached out to the Sheriff's Office for comment.

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