Police Custody Death

BEAUMONT Texas (AP) - An autopsy has found that PCP toxicity led to a Lumberton man's death in police custody that, in turn, led to civil rights demonstrations.

Federal and state authorities were investigating the April 30 death of 35-year-old Kevin LaDay at a Beaumont hospital after he lost consciousness during a struggle with police. That struggle included the use of a Taser stun gun by police.

LaDay's mother had accused Lumberton police of beating her son fatally, but Chief Danny Sullins denied the allegation.

Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Vi McGinnis told KFDM-TV in Beaumont on Tuesday that the autopsy report showed no signs of a beating severe enough to have proved fatal. McGinnis says the LaDay
family plans another autopsy.

Lumberton is a suburb 13 miles north of Beaumont.


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