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Man dies in Martinez jail; Sheriff to hold inquest

MARTINEZ, Calif. – In accordance with the Contra Costa County Chiefs’ of Police Association Officer Involved Fatal Incident Protocol, Sheriff-Coroner David O. Livingston will hold an in-quest into the death of Alexander Guzman Legaspi. This incident occurred on June 23, 2016, in Contra Costa County.

The proceedings will convene on Jan. 11, 2017, at 9  a.m. at the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse, 725 Court St., Dept. 9, Room 300, Martinez.

Legaspi was an inmate at the Martinez Detention Facility and was facing a long prison sentence. While out on free time, he went to the shower room. A short time later, the Module Deputy found Legaspi hanging from the shower bar. Deputies provided life saving measures until medical staff arrived. They were unable to resuscitate Legaspi and he was pronounced deceased.

The purpose of the inquest, which Sheriff-Coroner Livingston convenes in fatal incidents involving peace officers, is to present the facts of the incident to a jury for their deliberation and finding on the manner of death.

The inquest is open to the public. No photographs, video, or other recording may be taken during the proceedings.

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