GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) – Jesse Jacobs didn't want to go to jail, but when the 32-year-old pleaded guilty to a DWI earlier this year, he knew he would be spending some time behind bars.On March 6, Jacobs entered the Galveston County Jail to spend 30 days behind bars as part of a plea deal. With good behavior and time served, he was only supposed to spend around 12 days in Jail. However, a week after he went in, Jacobs was dead.The autopsy report says cause of death was a seizure disorder. His family says that was because the third party medical staff that operates within the Galveston County Jail refused to give Jacobs Xanax. They contend the withdrawal symptoms are what caused the seizures. But the Galveston County Sheriff says Jacobs' medical needs were evaluated by doctors at the jail."Whatever the doctor, the internal doctor said he was prescribed, was what he was given," said Sheriff Henry Trochesset. "Individuals come into the jail all the time. Some of them are taking medications that they shouldn't be, or they say they're suppose to be on certain medications." The Sheriff says a third party vendor, who works inside the jail, hires doctors and medical staff to evaluate the inmates. The internal doctors decide what medications the inmates should receive. In medical records released and obtained by Eyewitness News, it appears county jail doctors put Jacobs on a different medication. It was noted in his medical records that he was "detoxing" from Xanax. Jacobs parents are extremely troubled by that finding. They contend their son had a legitimate prescription to Xanax, and without it, dire consequences could result.A Texas Jail Commission review of Jacobs' death cleared the jail.Galveston County has refused to release any video of Jacobs while in Jail. There are also no intake records of Jacobs available, nor any other communications. The Galveston County Attorney says that's because the Jacobs' family attorney has sent a letter that is a precursor to a lawsuit. – abc13.com
Here is KTRK's local coverage of the Jacobs' fight for justice.
The parents of Jacobs, who died in March, want an investigation into what happened in the jail, however the sheriff — on the advice of the Galveston County Attorney– is refusing to turn over video fearing a lawsuit. – rawstory.com
With police departments across the nation having to dealing with instant evidence via citizen / phone videos, there is no hiding from the truth. Galveston County Police have chosen to withhold any video or written evidence they have in the hopes they will avoid a lawsuit. Kind of makes you wonder if body cams are implemented nationwide, how long will it take for any of that evidence to be released?
Jesse Jacobs passed in March, almost five months ago. When will this family get the answers they need? How long will Galveston feel they can just sit on evidence that supposedly shows no wrongdoing?
And why was there a change in his treatment? Was there any inappropriate handling of this young 32 year old gay man while in custody.
Maybe the court case should happen and a subpoena duces tecum should be administered for the tapes and records. Answers are needed.
During their 8-year relationship, which ended in July 2014, [Greg] Cassity said Jacobs maintained a strict regime with his medication and didn't experience seizures.
"He was on a routine with his medications. He knew exactly what he needed to take," Cassity told Project Q Houston. "For all of it to happen so fast is devastating."
"He was a really sweet caring guy that got into some troubles along the way. He was always someone that took responsibility for it," Cassity sad.
But four months after his death, Cassity agreed with calls from Jacobs' family that it's time […] to release more details about what happened to Jacobs and the medical treatment he received at the jail.
"That was March and here we are in August and it's been swept under the rug. It has gone on long enough. The answers need to be provided," Cassity said. – projectq.us