Autopsy results are complete on Angelina County jail inmate

Thomas Joseph Kirksey died in custody in November, autopsy results are in.
Thomas Joseph Kirksey died in custody in November, autopsy results are in.

LUFKIN, TX - Autopsy results are now in for Thomas Joseph Kirksey, the Angelina County Jail inmate who died while in the custody of the jail.

There was suspicion raised back in November that Kirksey was tasered, which could have been possibly caused the 28 year old man's death.  Taser is an electroshock weapon most commonly used by law enforcement to temper someone who is considered a danger to himself or others.

According to Texas Ranger Sergeant Pete Maskunas, the autopsy results will not be revealed until they are presented to an Angelina County grand jury, possibly in March.

In a written statement to KTRE in November, Rangers said "There is no evidence at this time that less than lethal instrument contributed to the inmate's death," however, an autopsy and other forensic tests were ordered to determine the exact cause of Kirksey's death.

Reports show Kirksey was pronounced dead November 10 upon his arrival to a Lufkin hospital from the county jail.  Kirksey was arrested for outstanding traffic tickets and for failure to pay fines for possession of a controlled substance.

His wife has said her husband was a good person and was not in his right frame of mind because he was on PCP.  County jail officials have declined comment on the case because it is still under investigation.

KTRE-TV and will have continuing coverage of this story as new information becomes available.