JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A preliminary autopsy report on the 34-year-old Kirbyville man who died in an Orange hospital after he lost consciousness in a fight on Jan. 31 indicated that he didn't die as a result of injuries suffered in the altercation.
A press release from the Orange County Sheriff's Office stated that the toxicology report on Jason Murray Smith is still pending.
"While there is no confirmation on what caused the death of Mr. Smith at this time, the toxicology results will take several more weeks to return," the press release stated. "The investigation is ongoing while awaiting those results, and more information will be released as it becomes available."
The autopsy was performed at the Jefferson County Morgue on Tuesday, according to the press release.
According to the press release, the Orange County Sheriff's Office responded to the Baptist Hospital in Orange to investigate a suspicious death. The preliminary investigation by OCSO detectives revealed that Smith and a 40-year-old man from Bridge City were at a residence in the 3500 block of Beadle Road in the Orangefield area of Orange County when they got into a fight.
During the fight, Smith lost consciousness, the press release stated. At that point, the other man loaded Smith into his personal vehicle and took him to the Baptist Hospital in Orange. Smith died later that day.
The 40-year-old man is cooperating with authorities, and no charges have been filed at this time, the press release stated.